Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral service was held on April 19, 1865, after which the coffin was brought by procession to the Capitol Rotunda for a ceremonial burial service. The following morning, after a prayer service for the Lincoln cabinet, the coffin set off on a journey from Washington, DC, to Lincoln’s final resting place in Springfield, Illinois, stopping at several cities along the way for ceremonies and public viewings.

Here is a historical marker which commemorates the stop in Indianapolis, Indiana.

One thought on “Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train

  • April 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I haven’t seen anything online to confirm it, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Pullman says the first “Palace Car” was finished in 1864, but I once read that Pullman had foolishly constructed his sleeper too wide for many tunnels and railway platforms and the only thing that saved him from bankruptcy was the assassination of Lincoln. Supposedly in their grief, the American people would accept nothing but the best for President Lincoln’s Funeral train, so the money was spent to enable the Pullman Sleeper to travel the 1654 mile route.
    Perhaps some conspiracy theorists believe that is why Lincoln was killed.


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