Thursday, April 30, 2015

On this day in 1865: Lincoln funeral train arrives in Indianapolis

After Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865 a funeral train retraced the train route the Great Emancipator took from Springfield to Washington DC, albeit in reverse order.

And 150 years ago today that train arrived in Indianapolis.

Pictured is one side of the historical marker located on the south lawn of the Indiana State House.

It reads:
In the rain, Lincoln's coffin was escorted along crowded streets lined with soldiers to old State House, located here. Reports say at least 50,000 people viewed Lincoln's open casket in the rotunda. Through streets lit by bonfires and torches, coffin was returned to Union Depot; train departed at 12:00 a.m. for Michigan City, last scheduled Indiana stop.
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