Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue

Springfield, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

The Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois is a clean-shaven, top-hat-less, ax-wielding fiberglass statue of a young Abraham Lincoln. The roadside attraction stands even taller that the 6’4″ president at 30 feet tall!

Why was Abraham Lincoln called the rail splitter? This nickname originated in the Illinois State Republican Convention in 1860, later governor of Illinois Richard J. Oglesby and friend of the Lincolns’ John Hanks marched into the convention hall with two fence rails that read, “Abraham Lincoln, The Rail Candidate for President in 1860.” Lincoln had worked many jobs before landing on politics and law, including as a soldier, a postmaster, a tavern keeper, and, yes, a rail splitter. The nickname payed homage to his humble beginnings.

To celebrate the president’s history and nickname, the Abraham Lincoln Rail Splitter statue was created in 1968 by Springfield’s own Carl W. Rinnus, and dedicated for Illinois’s sesquicentennial.

Find this Illinois roadside attraction in front of the Illinois Expo Building right outside the main gate of the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

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Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue

Address:
2200 N 11th St, Springfield, IL 62702

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Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Visit this Illinois roadside attraction whenever the Illinois State Fair Grounds are open.
  • Visit the Illinois State Fair at this location every August!

Where to Stay Near Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these nearby Route 66 hotels in Springfield, Illinois.

State House Inn

State House Inn, a landmark hotel in Springfield, Illinois, features a business center, gym, ironing service, and complimentary breakfast with a convenient location directly across the street from the Illinois State Capitol. Book a stay in one of the two themed Presidential Suites: the Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.

Inn at 835

Located near the Illinois State Capital and numerous Lincoln Historical sites, Inn at 835 offers 11 guest rooms, plus two additional suites in the Bell House. Accommodations include private baths with plush towels, hand-milled French soaps, soft linens, antique furnishings, flat screen TVs, and WiFi.

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