Abraham Lincoln bade farewell to Springfield and boarded a train for Washington, D.C. from this historic depot on February 11, 1861.
His famous parting words, “To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything...”, are said to rank in eloquence with the Gettysburg Address.
The depot offers re-created waiting rooms, historic photographs and a lively slide show depicting Mr. Lincoln’s 12-day train journey to Washington DC and his inauguration.
Contains music of the period and spiced with political cartoons and editorial jabs at the newly elected president, it realistically portrays the turmoil facing the new leader of a country on the brink of civil war.
10th and Monroe Area: Downtown Phone: (217)544-8695 or (217)788-1356 Hours: Daily Apr.-Aug.: 10am-4pm.