Thursday, February 12, 2015

(Photos) Lincoln Terrace at Forest Lawn Cemetery--Hollywood Hills

Mrs. Marathon Pundit and Little Marathon Pundit traveled to southern California after Christmas last year. One of the sites they visited was Forest Lawn Cemetery--Hollywood Hills, where hundreds of entertainment legends are buried.

The cemetery is also graced by a couple of patriotic areas, the Court of Liberty and the Lincoln Terrace. As today is the 206th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, we'll take a look at the latter.

Since it has been so often copied, you can fairly claim that the greatest statue of our first Republican president was Abraham Lincoln: The Man by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The original is as the southern end of Chicago's Lincoln Park next to the Chicago History Museum.

I can't say it any better than myself.

A Lincoln mosaic.

A close-up: Lincoln on the stump.

Lincoln being sworn in. But when? In 1861. On the left of our 16th president is Stephen A. Douglas, who defeated Lincoln for in the US Senate race in Illinois three years earlier. However, the man swearing in Lincoln is Chief Justice Roger Taney, who died in 1864 and he was succeeded by Salmon P. Chase. Taney, who was pro-slavery, was the justice who wrote the infamous Dred Scott decision. He died three years later, Lincoln appointed Salmon P. Chase, an abolitionist, as his replacement.

Among the famed actors buried in the Lincoln Terrace section of Forest Lawn are Scatman Crothers, William Conrad, and David Carradine.

Lincoln never traveled farther west than Kansas, but Mary Todd Lincoln said that the Great Emancipator told her that he hoped to travel extensively after he left the White House. California was one of the places he hoped to visit. But of course Lincoln's life was cut short.

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