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Watermelon Lincoln Monument

101 N Chicago St, Lincoln, Illinois 62656 USA

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“One odd Lincoln monument”

On August 27, 1853, Mr. Lincoln arrived from Springfield and led a ceremony by the railroad tracks to mark the founding of the new town. The successful lawyer paid a farmer to bring a wagonload of watermelons, which were handed out to the celebrants. Lincoln cut into one of the melons and "christened" the railroad trackside with the juice. The spot where this celebration took place is the site of the Lincoln, Illinois passenger railroad depot today, and a watermelon monument stands on the south lawn of the depot.

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Tatiana Danger

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September 07, 2014
Rated 1.0

Meh, I'd recommend skipping this one and hitting up the Railsplitter Covered Wagon. Way bigger and way cooler. This was a pretty lame attraction, in my opinion.

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Austin Coop

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July 20, 2014
Rated 3.0

Not the largest roadside attraction, but the history is very interesting. Take some cheesy pictures of yourself eating the giant slice of watermelon, read the history board, and move on.

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August 18, 2013

This was a lot smaller than we thought. Very cool piece of history.

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November 09, 2020
Rated 1.0

Definitely smaller than I thought. Not a huge deal if you miss it in your travels.

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October 01, 2016
Rated 3.0

This is not a large attraction but made for a fun photo op. The story behind it is pretty cool. Worth stopping real fast for a quick pic, especially if your near by at the covered wagon (only a few minutes drive away).

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Watermelon Lincoln Monument

101 N Chicago St
Lincoln, Illinois
62656 USA
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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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