Washington, Illinois: Bronze Footprints Where Lincoln Walked

"In Lincoln's Footsteps" is a historical society project to highlight places where Abraham Lincoln walked, paused, or loitered while on various visits to the town.
Washington Square, Washington, IL
All throughout the historic district of Washington (downtown area) on the sidewalk. Look around the town square, at the Presbyterian church, and Brecklin's gas station.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Bronze Footprints Where Lincoln Walked

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Lincoln's footprint.

Lincoln's Bronze Footprints

In the cute downtown "historic" district of Washington, inlaid in the sidewalk and town square, are sets of bronze footprints. These footprints denote where Abe Lincoln stood -- not major Lincoln historic events mind you, but where he stood while he waited for a ride, or while he waited for a meeting with someone you've never heard of. They also have bronzed the footprints of his "man servants."

It was kitschy and fun to see where Lincoln "stood" while doing the mundane.

[valene, 06/11/2012]

The footprints are in front of the Hungerford Hotel on the east side of the town square; at Pearl's Saloon just west of the square; at the Presbyterian Church; and at two other spots -- five sets in all.

Roadside Presidents
Roadside Presidents App for iPhone. Find this attraction and more: museums, birthplaces, graves of the Chief Execs, first ladies, pets, assassins and wannabes. Prez bios and oddball trivia. Available on the App Store.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Berlin Wall SlabBerlin Wall Slab, Eureka, IL - 7 mi.
Quonset-Hut-Style ChurchQuonset-Hut-Style Church, East Peoria, IL - 8 mi.
Ice Cream Cone BuildingIce Cream Cone Building, East Peoria, IL - 8 mi.
In the region:
Rooster in a Top Hat, East Peoria, IL - 9 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

August 7, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Illinois Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Desert of Maine, Freeport, Maine (Aug 3-9, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Washington, Illinois

Nightly rates found:

Book Now