Abraham Lincoln Historical Destinations

Take a historical tour of President Abraham Lincoln's life in photos.
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Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace (Hodgenville, KY)
On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Farm. Today this site bears the address of 2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, KY. A cabin symbolic of the one Lincoln was born in, is preserved in a memorial building at the site.

Old State Capitol (Springfield, IL)
Abraham Lincoln announced his candidacy for the US President in 1858 at The Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, IL. President Obama also announced his presidential run at the same location in 2007.

Cooper Union Speech (New York, NY)
On February 27, 1860, Abraham Lincoln delivered The Cooper Union Speech in New York City. It is considered one of his most important speeches. Lincoln elaborated on his views about slavery, affirming that he did not want it to expand into the Western Territories, claiming that the Founding Fathers would agree with this position.

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as President (Washington, DC)
Abraham Lincoln was sworn into office as the 16th US President at his inauguration on March 4, 1861, in Washington, DC.

Fort Sumter Charleston, SC
On April 12, 1861, the first shots in the Civil War were fired here at Fort Sumter, located in Charleston, SC.

Lincoln's Summer Home (Washington, DC)
Located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC, President Lincoln's Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided here from June to November of 1862, 1863 and 1864.

Antietam Battlefied (Antietam, MD)
Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation after claiming a Union victory at this bloody battle in Antietam, MD, in September 1862.

Gettysburg Address (Gettysburg, PA)
On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln (center without cap) delivered the Gettysburg Address during the American Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. The speech is regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history.

Ford's Theater (Washington, DC)
Ford's Theater, a historic theater in Washington, DC, was the site of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. John Wilkes Booth shot the president who was fatally wounded and carried across the street to the Petersen House. President Lincoln died the next morning.

Peterson House (Washington, DC)
On April 15, 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln and her son waited in the front parlor of the Peterson Boarding House, as her husband lay wounded in the back bedroom. He later died in the house.

Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)
Abraham Lincoln, along with Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, was memorialized in a 60-foot sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, located near Keystone, SD. The carving started in 1927 and ended in 1941.

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)
Figures representing the family of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (far R) and Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth (L, background), are pictured in front of a small replica of the White House inside the new Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. President George W. Bush took part in ceremonies dedicating the library to President Lincoln.

Lincoln Memorial (Washington, DC)
The Lincoln Memorial, located on Washington, DC's National Mall, was built to honor Abraham Lincoln. Henry Bacon was the architect, Daniel Chester French was the sculptor of the main statue and Jules Guerin was the painter of the memorial's interior. A dedication ceremony was held in May 1922.

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