Washington, Illinois: Bronze Footprints Where Lincoln Walked

"In Lincoln's Footsteps" is a historical society project to highlight places where Abraham Lincoln walked, paused, or loitered while on various visits to the town.
Address:
Washington Square, Washington, IL
Directions:
All throughout the historic district of Washington (downtown area) on the sidewalk. Look around the town square, at the Presbyterian church, and Brecklin's gas station.
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Lincoln's footprint. Lincoln's Bronze Footprints

In the cute downtown "historic" district of Washington, inlaid in the sidewalk and town square, are sets of bronze footprints. These footprints denote where Abe Lincoln stood -- not major Lincoln historic events mind you, but where he stood while he waited for a ride, or while he waited for a meeting with someone you've never heard of. They also have bronzed the footprints of his "man servants."

It was kitschy and fun to see where Lincoln "stood" while doing the mundane.

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The footprints are in front of the Hungerford Hotel on the east side of the town square; at Pearl's Saloon just west of the square; at the Presbyterian Church; and at two other spots -- five sets in all.

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