Lincoln, Illinois: World's Largest Wagon And Big Lincoln

12-foot-tall Abe on a 24-foot-tall covered wagon -- the largest in the world. Badly damaged in a January 2014 wind storm, but the town had it repaired by late April.

Best Western

Address:
1750 5th St., Lincoln, IL
Directions:
I-55 exit 126, east to Lincoln Pkwy/Route 66, then south a quarter-mile. On the right, in front of the Best Western.
Admission:
Free
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Lincoln reads on the wagon. World's Largest Wagon And Big Lincoln

We found this stop easily, a short drive from the highway. We were tempted to climb up on the wagon and sit next to him, but decided not to. Abe looks happy reading his book!

[Jen V., 02/25/2013]

Abe and the wagon were built in 2001 by David Bentley of Divernon. He parked it on his farm. It was smashed by a tornado, Bentley rebuilt it, then sold it to Lincoln in 2007. The wagon is oak, weighs five tons, and does roll.

Big Lincoln on big wagon World's Largest Wagon and Big Lincoln

According to the Lincoln Courier, the big wagon is on the move once again -- this time to the Best Western at 1750 5th Street in Lincoln, just west of BL-55.

[Anthony B., 09/18/2009]
Abe Lincoln on a Covered Wagon    Giant Lincoln on Covered Wagon

A giant Abe Lincoln sitting on a covered wagon reading a book. It is next to a log building that says "The Railsplitter" and also a giant Route 66 wooden sign is next to it.

[Torre Leddy, 11/25/2005]

First spotted in 2003 in Divernon. This may be a more permanent site (or the same site since Divernon is a few miles south), but you never know with a giant wagon....

Giant Lincoln and covered wagon.  Giant Lincoln on Covered Wagon

The seated Abraham Lincoln is 12-ft. in length and 350 lbs. He is seated at the rein of the World's Largest Covered Wagon. the wagon was hand-built out of oak, and stands 24-ft. tall, 12-ft. wide, 40-ft. long and weighs 5 tons. The front wheels are 10-ft. tall and the back are 12-ft. tall.

The story behind this wagon and Abraham Lincoln is truly an inspirational story about the creator David Bentley, and his willingness to overcome his heart disease.

[David Bentley, 06/16/2003]
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