Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument

Lincoln, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

In Lincoln, Illinois you’ll find one of the weirdest monuments erected in Abraham Lincoln’s, or any president’s for that matter, honor: the Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument. This attraction is just as it sounds: a big pink and green metal watermelon slice on a pedestal dedicated to our sixteenth president and the christening of Lincoln, Illinois.

As the story goes, on August 27, 1853 the first sale of lots in the new town of Lincoln, Illinois, took place near where the watermelon monument now stands. Abraham Lincoln, in whose honor the town had been named, was present and was asked to officially christen the town. He chose a watermelon from a nearby pile, cut into it with his pocketknife, and then bumped it on a pile of lumber. He squeezed the juice into a tin cup, gave a brief speech, and christened the town.

In celebration of that fateful day, the Lincoln Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Clubs and the Illinois State Historic Society constructed this monument in the shape of a slice of watermelon in 1964.

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Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument

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Address:
101 N Chicago St, Lincoln, IL 62656

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Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Find this roadside attraction right outside of the train station.
  • Some free street parking is available right around the corner from the watermelon.

Where to Stay Near the Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument

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

Hotel Lincoln Inn

Hotel Lincoln Inn in Lincoln is right off Route 66 and right behind another roadside attraction: the World’s Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon. The hotel features an exercise room, outdoor pool and guest rooms with free WiFi and cable TV.

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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1 Review of Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois

  1. This one feels like such a random roadside attraction! I wouldn’t necessarily drive out of my way to see this Lincoln watermelon but it is definitely a funny stop off Route 66!

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