Great Western Depot

Great Western Depot, Springfield: Hours, Address, Great Western Depot Reviews: 4/5

Great Western Depot
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,718 contributions
Site of Lincoln's Farewell Address in 1861
Oct 2020
The Great Western Depot in Springfield, Illinois, more commonly known as the Lincoln Depot, is often overlooked amid all of the Lincoln historical sites situated in the Sangamon County area. It shouldn't be. The railway station, which was built by the Great Western Railroad in 1852, is the site of Abraham Lincoln's memorable farewell address to friends and citizens before leaving on his journey to Washington DC to become the 16th president of the United States. Belatedly, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Located at 930 East Monroe Street, at 10th and Monroe Streets, two blocks from the Lincoln home, the building has been renovated, remodeled and restored, survived a fire and served as a passenger station, warehouse, storage space, law office, classroom and museum. On a dark, gloomy morning in 1861, an estimated crowd of 1,000 people assembled at the station to see Lincoln off. As the train pulled in, Lincoln mounted the rear platform. He said: "I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon (George) Washington." In 1865, his body arrived at the station en route to burial at Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. Today, the depot serves as a museum with displays of Lincoln artifacts relating to his 1860 presidential campaign, his 1861 departure and farewell address. A video, narrated by Scott Simon, which describes Lincoln's 12-day journey to Washington DC, is shown on the second floor. As with every Lincoln site in the Springfield area, it is a very poignant and moving experience.
Written November 6, 2020
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, Georgia3,751 contributions
Real American History - A Must Stop
Jun 2019
This is where Lincoln departed Springfield and headed to DC - it is full of Presidential history. We went by, found a parking spot, and took some photos - they have two free flyers on a sign out front and it is, as you would expect, literally next to the train tracks.

There is a cool sign on the building next door which also makes a good photo.

If you are into Presidential history, this is a must visit.

Go Enjoy!
Written January 4, 2020
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Brian D
Auburn, IN6 contributions
Nice tribute to A. Lincoln
Aug 2019
Memories of Abraham Lincoln on the campaign of 1860. Good video displays. Great building restoration.
Written November 11, 2019
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BLtrvl
Glenview, IL1,380 contributions
Also known as Lincoln Depot
Oct 2019
The spot at which Lincoln departed Springfield, the last time he set foot there, before he set off for Washington. It's a quick visit here, but a poignant one.
Written October 29, 2019
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shnpan
Birmingham, AL1,014 contributions
Trains
Jul 2019
This is an interesting display of model trains. The entry fee is included with tickets for the Lincoln Museum.
Written September 6, 2019
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joyceTL4
Selinsgrove, PA443 contributions
Where Lincoln gave his good by Springfield speech
Aug 2019
This makes for a quick stop but is part of history. The outside lends that original look and it is stationed right next to the railroad tracks. Inside first sit down and watch the film about Lincoln and his movement via train across the states towards Washington where he would begin his term as President. This stop at Springfield was very emotional for him due to all his friends and neighbors coming out in support and to see him off. There are some artifacts to look at and read about. In the center is a metal ticket seller cage. Can spend a half hour here tops. Note the mural on the building across the street - cool!
Written September 2, 2019
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Passport92
Evanston, IL60 contributions
If you have a few extra minutes
Aug 2019
There are two rooms with period detail and a lot of explanatory text. This needs improvement to be more engaging.
Written August 16, 2019
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,255 contributions
Historical site from Lincoln's journey
Jul 2019 • Family
it is a small building with big historical significance. It is free to enter with parking available near by on the street. There is a short video telling about the history and speech Lincoln gave there. There was also a reenactment of Lincoln giving the speech.
Written July 18, 2019
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Larry B
PELLA15 contributions
A piece of history
Jul 2019
Very small place but this was an important part of the growth of Springfield. The law offices here probably contribute to maintaining it and offering free admittance.
Written July 18, 2019
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN1,004 contributions
Important starting point for Lincoln presidency
Jun 2019 • Solo
From this small station, Lincoln bid farewell to the townspeople of Springfield on the morning of February 11, 1861 to begin the long journey to Washington for his inauguration as president. His brief comments to the assembled crowd are both humble and bittersweet - many historians have commented on the sense that he seemed to have had that he would never return.

The station has been turned into a small museum by the law firm that now owns the building - the firm's principal attorney is a distant relative of Lincoln's law partner, William Herndon. Inside, there are several railroad related artifacts, photos, and a short video relating to Lincoln's last departure from Springfield. Outside, be sure to look for the Lincoln mural on the side of the building across the tracks from the station.

The building differs somewhat from Lincoln's time when it was a single story passenger station - it later became a freight depot and eventually a warehouse. Around 1900, a second story was added. It finally was turned into a museum in the 1960s, changing hands several times over the years. It has been damaged twice by fire - most recently in 1968. Before reopening under its current ownership, it had to be modified for handicap access to meet the requirements of the National Park Service.

It is still a very important historic site and well worth the half-hour or so needed to tour it. Unfortunately, it is only open on weekdays, but even on the weekends, it is worth a stop - you just won't be able to tour the interior.
Written June 7, 2019
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