Ashmore, Illinois: World's Largest Lincoln Statue
- 9699 CR 2000E, Ashmore, IL
- I-57 exit 190-A (Mattoon/Charleston). Drive 13 miles east on Hwy 16 through Charleston. About three miles east of Charleston, look for a cabin and pointing Abe statue on the left. Turn left at the next road, CR 2000E. The entrance is just north, on the left. The statue is up the road, on the right. Property currently closed.
- Property currently closed.
Centerpiece of an old campground. So tall that he could look in the windows of a seven-story building. He appears ready to touch the clouds. Note: Property currently closed, Abe partly visible from the road. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [04/12/2009]
Visitor Tips and News About World's Largest Lincoln Statue
Off-limits since the Lincoln Springs Resort closed in April 2011, the World's Largest Lincoln Statue should soon be visitable again to the public. The property was purchased by a local resident who's been cleaning out the undergrowth and plans to reopen the statue and adjacent mini-golf as attractions, and possibly turn the rest of the land into a winery. This will mark the latest reboot of the property surrounding the giant Lincoln, who has seen 'em come and go over the years. Abe always seems to survive, still as much of an eye-grabber as he was when he first rose over the treetops in 1968.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/28/2013]
Closed....for sale. Can't really get close but can still see it....kinda.[Donna Penn, 07/08/2012]
Ok. It was kind of uneventful. Also, the resort is now closed. The only reason we got in was because some people were mowing inside the resort. Sadly... It isn't very great anyways.[Matt S., 06/09/2012]
Local Powers That Be raised and spent a lot of money to have the statue built. Originally it was supposed to be located on or near the courthouse square in Charleston. However, when they saw the statue for the first time, they were so appalled and disappointed by its poor quality and tacky appearance that they decided instead to relegate it to a cornfield east of town.
Teenagers and EIU students used to love to hold beer-kegger parties at his feet. Many a young Coles County resident later used Abe's finger for target practice, which is what happened to the finger. After enough successful target practices, there just wasn't much left of it any more.
When the statue was relocated to Lincoln Springs Resort and refurbished, the workers mistakenly put the finger on backwards (and still a little too much to the center, if you ask me). Because of the difficulty and expense of removing and repositioning the newly misplaced finger, they decided to just paint a new fake fingernail on the (now) front side (which used to be the back). If you look carefully you can see another fingernail on the back (used to be front) of the middle or pointer finger.[B. Spoon, 06/21/2010]