By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 30, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the dedication of the memorial to our 16th President.

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on May 30, 1922.  Abraham Lincoln’s last surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln, at 78, attended.

The first memorial to the 16th President in Washington D. C. was a statue erected in front of City Hall in 1868, three years after his assassination.  Many wanted something more substantial, but the matter was not pursued further until the early 1900s.

Ideas for a Memorial ranged from a log cabin, after all Lincoln was a humble man, to the Lincoln Memorial finally erected and so familiar to all of us.

The Lincoln Memorial was designed in a Greek temple style, in part because the wisdom it connotes.  The marble to be used had to be a specific shade of white and came from a specific quarry in Colorado. The Memorial sits on reclaimed land from the Potomac River and wasn’t super easy to access initially.

This Tanner map of Washington from 1836 shows the lawn of the President’s House (White House) on the shores of the Potomac, and the future site of the Lincoln Memorial being under water in those days.

Washington D.C. – Circa 1836 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Abe Lincoln, 16th President of the United States- Lincoln Memorial dedicated May 30, 1922

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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