Thursday’s Doors – Abraham Lincoln

For this week’s Thursday’s Doors, I decided to search out doors related to the 16th President of the United States – Abraham Lincoln. The city of Springfield, Illinois claims Lincoln as her own, and Lincoln Sites abound!  Abe Lincoln was 28 years old when he moved to Springfield, in 1837. He married Mary Todd in 1842, and they lodged in the Globe Tavern for a short while, then rented a small house until they bought a house at the northeast corner of 8th and Jackson Streets in May of 1844. This is the only home Abe ever owned.

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Front door of the Lincoln Home restored to the 1860 condition of it. Here is a wide shot showing the 2nd story of the house. The original house was a single story, but the Lincoln’s added the top floor to accommodate a growing family in 1856.

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This next door is the back door which leads into kitchen.

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This next door (way) is the last door I have from the Lincoln Home. It is the doorway of the outhouse. The Park Rangers refused to let me try it out though…

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The Lincoln Home is a National Historic Site and covers 4 1/2 square blocks (12 acres). The National Park Service maintains other houses and buildings on the site as well, and the following doors are from neighboring houses.

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For my last door, I took a picture of the door of the Great Western Railroad Depot. President-elect Lincoln left Springfield for the very last time from this depot on February 11, 1861. It is located about 2 blocks from the Lincoln Home, in the 900 block of East Monroe Street.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature inaugurated by Norm 2.0 allowing door lovers around the world to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos. Be sure to check out his site for doors!

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