World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon

Lincoln, Illinois

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Lincoln, Illinois in the only town in the United States named for and by Abraham Lincoln before he became president. So it is only fitting that the town honors their namesake in a big way. The World’s Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois is a giant wagon topped with an equally giant Lincoln on Route 66.

This Illinois roadside attraction features a 40-foot long, 12-foot wide, 25-foot tall, 5-ton covered wagon made of oak and steel. On top is a 350-pound, 12-foot tall statue of president Abraham Lincoln reading a law book. The attraction is so big and impressive that the World’s Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon and giant Lincoln statue is officially recognized as being the world’s largest by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Route 66 tourist attraction was built in 2001 by local David Bentley. Originally kept on his own property in Pawnee, Larry Van Bibber bought the Railsplitter Covered Wagon in 2007 and placed it for all to see in Lincoln, Illinois. It stands out front of the Hotel Lincoln Inn.

The Abraham Lincoln sitting statue was added later, and built by F.A.S.T. Corporation in Sparta, Wisconsin. The president wears his signature beard, black suit, and black stovepipe hat and is posed to be reading a big red book inscribed with the word “LAW.”

The Lincoln wagon was damaged in a storm in January 2014, but has since been repaired to its original glory.

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World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon

Address:
1750 5th St, Lincoln, IL 62656

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Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the World’s Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Located in a parking lot, there is plenty of parking available for vehicles of all sizes to pull over for photos.
  • Look for the official Route 66 wayside marker beside this roadside attraction to learn more about it.
  • There are benches to the side of the wagon, perfect for taking a break or having a picnic lunch.

Where to Stay Near the World’s Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon

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

You can’t get any closer to that this! Hotel Lincoln Inn is right off Route 66 and right behind the covered wagon roadside attraction. 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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