While visiting Springfield, Illinois, we had to make a stop at Abraham Lincoln's tomb in the public cemetery, Oak Ridge. Normally, you can take a trolley around downtown Springfield, where a tour guide provides information on the sites of the area. However, the trolley was not running this season, so we took the metro bus marked Historic Sites.
Upon paying our $3/person all day pass, I asked the bus driver if this bus stopped at Oak Ridge Cemetery as we wanted to see Lincoln's tomb. He said it did, and upon learning that we were visiting his fair city, he gave us the tour we would have gotten had the trolley been operating.
We got off the bus at Lincoln's tomb (it stops right near the entrance), and there are many signs posted on the lawn to explain the structure, including the statues made from 65 military cannon. Open the door to the tomb, and you see a replica of Mr. Lincoln sitting in a chair--the same as what you see at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. If a guide is there, be sure to ask your questions; we found our guide to be very informative.
At Lincoln’s tomb, in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois, there is the replica of Abraham Lincoln’s face. The original sculpture is in the Hall of Fame in Washington, DC.
Most people are interested in touching/rubbing Lincoln’s nose; I was not.
Instead, I had read something that is typically missed by the viewing public: sculptor Gutzon Borglum, (who started sculpting the presidential heads on Mount Rushmore, SD and whose son finished that work) purposely did not add Lincoln’s left ear because he thought it was “too immature”.
But do be respectful of where you are. You are visiting a public cemetery where others might be visiting their loved ones. Refrain from speaking loudly and letting children run around.
Then hop on the Historic Sites bus (which will arrive about a half-hour after dropping you off) and continue on your way to other sites in Springfield.
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