Lincoln Train Returns to Cincinnati

Lincoln Train Returns to Cincinnati

Abraham Lincoln spent his 52nd birthday in Cincinnati 150 years ago on February 12, on the second-day of a long train trip that would take him to Washington.

Saturday he comes back.

Or, at least, a very good facsimile of him will return in the person of Fritz Klein, a Lincoln interpreter from Springfield, Ill., the town where Lincoln spent practice law, raised a family and left behind after winning election as the nation's 16th president.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America




Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America


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Saturday evening, at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, the National Park Service will host a commemoration of Lincoln’s visit here on Feb. 12, 1861, which was the second stop on a 13-day rail journey that took the president-elect from his home in Springfield, Ill., to Washington.

By Feb. 23, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s arrival in Washington, the National Park Service will have held commemorations in 16 cities in seven states – all of them visited by Lincoln’s train in 1861. There is no actual train; Klein will be driving.

In 1861, the arrival of the president-elect here was cause for curiosity from all because of what he might say about a Union that was falling apart and hurtling toward Civil War.

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