Janesville, Wisconsin: Two-Story Outhouse Possibly Used by Lincoln

Abe Lincoln was a guest at the Lincoln-Tallman House -- with its two-story, eight-hole outhouse -- in 1859.

Lincoln-Tallman House

Address:
440 N. Jackson St., Janesville, WI
Directions:
Lincoln-Tallman House. West side of the river. From N. Pearl St./US Hwy 14 turn east onto Mineral Point Ave. Drive three blocks. Bear right onto N. Jackson St. First house on the left; the biggest and nicest on the block.
Hours:
Tours daily June-Dec; M-F Jan.-May (Call to verify)
Phone:
608-756-4509
Admission:
Adults $8.
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Two-Story Outhouse Possibly Used by Lincoln

Wouldn't call this an outhouse. Looks like part of the building. Not worth the detour, sadly.

[AJ, 05/29/2016]

Inside view of the outhouse -- a range of family-sized holes.

Two-Story Outhouse

A friend e-mailed me a link to your "Two-Story Outhouses" page and I found it amusing. I am currently working at the Rock County Historical Society in Janesville, Wisconsin. One of the historic structures we maintain is the Lincoln-Tallman House, which features a two-story privy. The house is a large four-level, Italianate villa style house built in 1855-57. Abraham Lincoln was a guest in 1859. At the rear of the house there is a two-story privy. The bottom portion can only be accessed outside. Thus, it was primarily utilized during the warmer seasons. Right above it is the indoor privy, which is connected to the second floor servants hallway. Both the bottom and top privys contain 4-holers, all of different sizes for the different family members.

[James W. Draper, 05/19/2002]
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