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Lincoln funeral train, Michigan City, Indiana photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP101
Identifier: SP101

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 3 black-and-white photographs showing the Abraham Lincoln funeral train stopped at Michigan City, Indiana on May 1, 1965, on its way from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The images feature a large memorial arch.


  • 1865/05/01

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The funeral train conveying the late President Abraham Lincoln over 1,600 miles from Washington, D.C. to his home at Springfield, Illinois departed the U.S. capital on April 21, 1865 and stopped at 11 cities along the route, allowing American citizens to mourn and pay their respects. On May 1, 1865, the train stopped at Michigan City, Indiana where a 14-foot memorial arch sat over the railroad tracks. There locals held an impromptu funeral during a stop that lasted less than an hour before the train departed. The train had stopped to pick up a 100-member committee from Chicago. Lincoln was buried 3 days later in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.


National Museum of American History. "A Funeral Procession 1,700 Miles Long." Smithsonian Institution. Accessed November 2, 2021.

Indiana Historical Bureau. Lincoln Funeral Train Part Two: Indianapolis to Michigan City." Accessed November 2, 2021.

Maddux, Stan. "Lincoln funeral train stopped in M.C. 150 years ago." South Bend Tribune (IN), May 1, 2015. Accessed November 2, 2021.

"The Funeral Cortege in Cleveland." Indianapolis Daily Journal, April 29, 1865, 1. Accessed November 2, 2021. NewspaperArchive.

Wikipedia. "Funeral and Burial of Abraham Lincoln." Accessed November 2, 2021.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/02 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/02 by Brittany Kropf.
Lincoln funeral train, Michigan City, Indiana photographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.