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Replica of Lincoln's funeral train car to be on display this summer in Duluth

The Lincoln funeral car replica that will be on display in Duluth this summer. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
A photograph of the original Lincoln funeral car. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

This summer the Lake Superior Railroad Museum at the Depot in downtown Duluth will display the only exact, full-sized replica of the Lincoln Funeral Car. The solemn coach “United States” was the pallbearer for Abraham Lincoln, the 16 th President who was assassinated 151 years ago. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the tracks as his funeral train passed by, shrouded in black crepe and draped with American flags.

The car on display this summer at the Museum took five years to build and is a duplicate in every detail to the one that carried the President. It was used for the first time last summer to recreate the route of the original train and again hundreds of thousands of people turned out to see the sesquicentennial reenactment of the historic trip.

Inside the Museum the car will be on exhibit as part of a Civil War era-themed display featuring Minnesota’s involvement in the Civil War and that era’s medical advances made necessary by the war. Also honored this summer will be Duluthian Albert Woolson, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and died 60 years ago at the age of 109.

Many special events will be scheduled over the course of the summer centered on the car. The Grand Opening to the public is scheduled for June 9.

It’s not a coincidence that the first display of this version of the Lincoln Funeral Car should be in Minnesota. The original coach burned to the metal in a grass fire that blazed through Columbia Heights, a Twin Cities suburb, in June of 1911 where the car was stored awaiting restoration.