Lincoln Watermelon Monument

Lincoln, Illinois

Lincoln Watermelon Monument.

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This monument recalls an 1853 visit by the future President, who merrily christened the newly named town with melon juice. In 2001 and for several years after, there was talk of erecting a 300-ft. tall Lincoln in Lincoln, at an estimated cost of $40 million, to stand in front of a 10-story tall barrel supporting a watermelon. That mega-project went nowhere, but this life-size Lincoln Watermelon Monument remains.

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Lincoln Watermelon Monument

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 on the north side of Broadway St. between N. Chicago St. and the train tracks.
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