Lewistown, Pennsylvania: Stone from Lincoln's Tomb

According to local lore, this is the only stone ever removed from Lincoln's Tomb. Its origin is engraved in big letters, and set into the base of a towering monument in the heart of town.
1 W. Market St., Lewistown, PA
Downtown. Set into the base of the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument, at the point where S. Main St. intersects Market St.
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Stone from Lincoln's Tomb

The centerpiece of downtown Lewistown is the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument, built in 1906 to honor Civil War vets. Set into the foundation on the south side of the 64-foot-tall monument is a stone engraved with the words, "This stone from Lincoln's Tomb Springfield Ill."

Secured by former resident, Civil War veteran, and founder of The Lincoln Memorial Foundation, this is the only stone ever removed from Lincoln's tomb. The request for the stone (made at the time Lincoln's tomb was being remodeled) was honored because The Logan Guard, Mifflin County's volunteer soldiers, were the first to answer President Lincoln's call for troops at the start of the Civil War.

A plaque with the story is across the street, on the wall of the Subway sandwich shop, as is a mural commemorating the town's first responders.

[JLandis, 12/29/2013]
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