Lincoln Funeral Train
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Lincoln Funeral Train

Credit: Courtesy of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

In the 1800s, politicians used Pennsylvania's railroads to campaign for public office in what soon became known as the "whistle stop" tour. Railroads also carried many of the nation's great leaders to their final resting places. In 1865, Abraham Lincoln's funeral train retraced the circuitous route that he had taken from Illinois to Washington D.C. after his election in 1860. This photo shows Lincoln's funeral train in Harrisburg, where it paused while his body lay in state at the state capitol.

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