Honest Abe In The Magic City LbNA # 56516 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Nov 22 2010|
|Found By||Stephanie Arnold|
|Last Found||Sep 19 2011|
Why is Abe in the Magic City?
That is a good question. I do not know the answer to that, but he is.
This is what I know:
The Figure erected by the Abraham Lincoln G.A.R. Post No. 5 and the Women's Relief Corps No. 49. S. C. Stevenson, a local Moberly monument dealer, found an art dealer in New York who agreed to obtain a figure of Lincoln. The figure of Lincoln, fabricated in Italy, is believed to have been designed from a photograph provided by the New York dealer. The sculpture cost approximately $600 and was funded through contributions made by businessmen and townspeople. Because there was a delay in obtaining the figure from Italy, the base, fabricated by S. C. Stevenson, was erected several months before the figure was placed upon it. The figure arrived in New York on the last freighter to get through Italy in the early part of World War I. Although the inscription notes the scheduled dedication date of May 14, 1914, due to the delayed arrival, the sculpture was actually unveiled more than a year later, possibly on Memorial Day in 1915.
I have lived in this town all my life and just recently realized there was a statue in the park. When I noticed it, I knew I needed to plant a letterbox about it.
I noticed something else. Lincoln is facing another statue. It is a statue of a Union solider. TOO COOL! Not to be outdone, the South had to make their presence known in this border state town. Southeast of the Ab statue, a confederate soldier stands. WAY TOO COOL!
So, here are the clues:
1. Find the statue in Oakland Cemetery.
2. Face the direction Lincoln is facing.
3. 64 paces at 334 degrees to the stump.
4. 8 paces at 260 degrees.
5, Your prize is in the heart!