Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois

The upper portion of the Lincoln tomb

The upper portion of the Lincoln tomb

Lincoln’s tomb is in the huge Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. This is a State historic site, not a National property. The impressive structure is on top of a hill in roughly the center of the cemetery grounds.

You enter the tomb into a small round room. There were two volunteers in the room answering questions. The tomb itself is reached via a marble lined hall way with different bronze statues of Lincon along the way.

Once you have seen the marker for Lincoln and the internment wall behind which are Lincoln’s wife and children you continue out another hallway. This was a very somber and, for me, emotional time. All of the history of Lincoln, the tragedy of the Civil War and of his untimely death seemed to come to life.

The photos do not really do justice to the magnificence of the exterior and the interior of tomb. This is a true must visit site if you are near Springfield.

You enter the tomb via the small door seen on the lower right of the structure.

You enter the tomb via the small door seen on the lower right of the structure.

In the entry room, this is a small version of the statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

In the entry room, this is a small version of the statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

Not a clear photo, but this shows the hall leading to the tomb.

Not a clear photo, but this shows the hall leading to the tomb.

One of several depictions of Lincoln in varioius places in the walkway.

One of several depictions of Lincoln in varioius places in the walkway.

Lincoln's casket is actually behind and 10 feet below this massive marker. It is encased in steel reinforced concrete.

Lincoln’s casket is actually behind and 10 feet below this massive marker. It is encased in steel reinforced concrete.

Lincoln's children are also here next to Mrs. Lincoln

Lincoln’s children are also here next to Mrs. Lincoln

One of four statues representing the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Navy that fought in the Civil War, and that Lincoln commanded.

One of four statues representing the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Navy that fought in the Civil War, and that Lincoln commanded.

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2 thoughts on “Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois

    • Mike, Lincoln’s final resting place is for sure worthy of placement on your bucket list. It is quite stunning. Thanks for the visit!

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