Utica Prepares for Abraham Lincoln’s Visit: Mohawk Valley History


1861, 162 years ago

Abraham Lincoln’s Bittersweet Visit

Crowds gather in Bugs Square in Utica, waiting for the eastbound train to arrive in Washington with President-elect Abraham Lincoln. President of the United States on March 4th.

Because the Uticans and their neighbors can celebrate Lincoln’s birthday and get an up-close look at his famous beard. After all, he would become the first bearded president in U.S. history. Six days ago on his February 12th, on the first train across Indiana en route from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, he celebrated his 52nd birthday. On his snowy February 18 morning, his yellow-painted three-car train stops at his Utica for his ten minutes.

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