Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Lincoln Melancholia

Abe, wrapped in a robe, was originally sculpted to show his anguish over the Civil War. But the artist died before the statue was erected, and its inscription only mentions that Abe "created the state of West Virginia" -- and looks pretty glum about it.
Address:
1900 Kanawha Blvd E., Charleston, WV
Directions:
I-77/64 exits 99 or 100. Drive south on Hwy 114/Greenbriar St. until you reach the river, then turn left onto Kanawha Blvd. The State Capitol will quickly appear on the left; the statue stands directly in front of it.
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Melancholy midnight walker.

West Virginia Lincoln Melancholia

Stunning statue of our 16th President standing outside the WV state capitol. It really expresses his sadness. Surrounded by gorgeous fall colors, and he watches over the Kanawha River.

[Ohio Tourist, 10/31/2015]
West Virginia Lincoln Melancholia

Inside the West Virginia Cultural Center (the building on the left side of the State Capitol) is the original statue. It's about half the size, but just as unhappy because it's inside a protective case, in a room of misplaced building pieces from the former State Capitol that burnt down in 1921. (In 1927 the temporary Capitol building also burned.) I'd be depressed, too.

[Jane Geoh, 07/23/2012]

Lincoln Melancholia.

West Virginia Lincoln Melancholia

Located at the front steps of the West Virginia state capitol building.

[Julie Barnes, 05/16/2012]

AKA the "Abraham Lincoln Walking at Midnight" statue, the sad, green-tinged bronze was originally modeled in miniature in 1935 by sculptor Fred M. Torrey based on a poem. Torrey died in 1967, so sculptor Bernard Wiepper up-sized the figure to the 8-ft. tall version for West Virginia in 1974.

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Nearby Offbeat Places

Shoney's Big Boy MuseumShoney's Big Boy Museum, Charleston, WV - 4 mi.
Hidden Figures: Katherine JohnsonHidden Figures: Katherine Johnson, Institute, WV - 9 mi.
Paul Bunyan and BabePaul Bunyan and Babe, Nitro, WV - 14 mi.
In the region:
Mortality: Tunnel Death Statue, Beckley, WV - 43 mi.

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