SPRINGFIELD'S SCULPTURES,            Carl and Roberta Volkmann
MONUMENTS, AND PLAQUES              cvolk@aol.com
www.arcadiapublishing.com
Lincoln's Neighborhood
LINCOLN'S FUNERAL TRAIN
Through the efforts of Katie Spindell, a monument commemorating the final stop of
Lincoln’s funeral train was dedicated February 2, 2010.  Located on the west side of the
current Amtrak station at Third and Washington Streets, the five foot high marker has
two sections.  A large granite “book” rests on the top of a black polished granite marker
which has an etched image of the funeral train and the inscription “Dedicated by the city
of Springfield 2010; Inspired by those who seek to know Lincoln and created for them by
Katie Spindell”
 
The “book” reads: “May 3, 1865; 9:00 A.M.; At this
site, countless mourners stood in solemn witness as
the Chicago and Alton Railroad Engine No. 58 arrived
pulling the funeral train carrying the remains of
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United
States.” The monument was paid for by the city of
Springfield’s tax increment financing funds (TIFF).
According to an article in the State Journal Register, Spindell perceived a need for
marking the site when she fielded questions from tourists in her job at the visitor’s
center at the Union Station.  When she retired, Spindell enlisted the cooperation of the
city of Springfield, Amtrak, and Union Pacific Railroad (owners of the station) to make
the monument a reality.