Lincoln Watermelon Monument.

Lincoln Watermelon Monument

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Lincoln, Illinois

The only town ever named for Abraham Lincoln while he was still alive sports this downtown monument in the shape of a two-foot-long ear-to-ear watermelon slice. It commemorates the day in 1853 when the future 16th President, who was then just an Illinois lawyer, christened his namesake community by slicing open a melon and pouring its juice onto the ground. In agreeing to lend his name to this place, Abe reportedly said, "I never knew anything named Lincoln that amounted to much."

The watermelon slice, made of painted steel, is among the more obscure Lincoln monument we've ever seen. It was erected in 1964 by the combined efforts of Lincoln's Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions clubs.

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Lincoln Watermelon Monument

McCarty's at the Depot

Address:
101 N. Chicago St., Lincoln, IL
Directions:
I-55 exit 126 onto Hwy 10, right at 2nd light, left at next light onto 5th St. This bends to the left and changes to Logan - stay on it. Make quick right onto Broadway. Monument is in front of McCarty's at the Depot restaurant at the railroad tracks, corner of Broadway and Chicago Sts.
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