- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A replica of the train car that carried President Abraham Lincoln’s body to Illinois following his assassination in 1865 will be on display in Hammond this fall.

A replica Civil War-period steam engine and tender also will be on exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond Oct. 7-11, The Times of Munster reports (https://bit.ly/1dthUGM).

The actual train made a funeral stop in Michigan City on May 1, 1865, before passing through what is now Hammond’s Hessville section on its way to a funeral procession in Chicago.

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors voted last week to approve a visit of the train to the agency’s Indiana Welcome Center.

The train has been attracting thousands of visitors at other Midwestern stops, which began last month in Springfield, Illinois, during an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in that city.

Earlier plans by the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train group called for the replica train to retrace the route of the original along rail lines from Washington to Springfield. However, the train group fell short on funding a cross-country rail tour.

The original “United States” funeral car burned in a 1911 fire in Minnesota.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com

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