Standing Lincoln, Lincoln Park, Chicago
After visiting the Chicago History Museum and looking at The Children’s Fountain I came across this bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in the museum’s east lawn, in Lincoln Park. The statue is called “Standing Lincoln” and was completed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1887.
I quite liked the monument and if I lived or worked nearby I might enjoy my lunch in Lincoln’s shadow as these others were doing. In front of the monument were some landscaped gardens that were really pretty to look at. Must be a nice lunch break for nearby workers.
As I continued to walk around the museum, to the north I saw this marble-looking box with a very short fence around it. I was getting tired and hungry so I didn’t go over to see what it was. I thought it was probably something of ComEd’s or some kind of waterworks thing. Who knows. Boring. Reading this Wikipedia entry on Lincoln Park I realized that it’s an old mausoleum. Dang! I wish I would have gone over. Lincoln Park was a cemetery before a park and when they relocated all the graves, the Couch family refused to move. Their tomb stands to this day, see a photo here.