Davenport, Iowa: Abe Lincoln Saves a Bridge

Sculpture features a larger-than-life beardless 1856 Abe Lincoln pondering a railroad bridge. He helped save the bridge, and all subsequent bridges across the Mississippi River, or at least that's what this statue suggests.
Address:
E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA
Directions:
On the riverfront, in a small park at the intersection of Iowa and E. 2nd Sts. The statue stands next to the ramp leading to the Arsenal Bridge across the Mississippi River.
Admission:
Free
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Lincoln at the bridge.

Abe Lincoln Saves a Bridge

Officially titled, "A Little Less Opinion, A Little More Fact," this is another slice-of-life sculpture ennobling America's most artistically malleable President. Unveiled in January 2016, created by artist Jeff Adams, the larger-than-life bronze depicts a beardless 1856 Abe Lincoln meeting a boy on a railroad bridge -- a predecessor of the bridge that's behind the statue.

The original bridge was the first one across the Mississippi River, and it freaked out steamboat companies because they realized that bridges would put them out of business. They claimed that the bridge was a navigation hazard, and as if to prove their point, a steamboat rammed into it and burned it down. The owners of the steamboat filed a lawsuit, hoping to prevent any further bridges from being built.

Lincoln, working for the railroad, visited the bridge, accidentally met the son of the engineer who built it, and somehow this led to a hung jury that then led to the freedom to build bridges across the Mississippi -- or at least that's what this statue suggests. Abe Lincoln! Freedom!

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 01/17/2016]
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