Railsplitter Covered Wagon

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World's Largest Covered Wagon

The Railsplitter Covered Wagon is the largest covered wagon in the world.  It's creation is an inspirational story about determination, as it was made by Mr. David Bentley during his recovery from heart disease. It is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records and was named #1 Roadside Attraction in America by Reader's Digest magazine.

January 2007 Dedication. L-R Front Row: Larry Van Bibber, Tourism Director Geoff Ladd,  Lincoln City Alderwoman Jonie Tibbs, Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis. L-R Back Row: Tourism Bureau Board Directors Annette Chapman, Charles Ott, & Shirley Bartelmay, Les Van Bibber, Jim Horn.

For several years, the wagon had been located in the Divernon/Pawnee area, but developments prompted Mr. Bentley to contact the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau about the wagon's purchase.  Inspired by idea of having this wonderful tribute to Abe Lincoln located in the namesake community, Executive Director Geoff Ladd set out to make it happen.  Mr. Bentley wanted the wagon to be located in a community that was rich in both Abe Lincoln and Route 66 heritage, and Lincoln, Illinois is one of those towns.  The Tourism Bureau's website and marketing design is centered around those two features of the county's history. 

After weeks of searching for the money to purchase the wagon, Mr. Larry J. Van Bibber of Lincoln came to the rescue.  He generously donated the money for the purchase to the Tourism Bureau. 

The wagon arrived on a cold winter morning in January 2007, and caused traffic delays for hours as curious travelers stopped in to take pictures and ask questions.

When fully assembled, the wagon weighs five tons and measures 40 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 24 feet tall.  Abe Lincoln, seated in the front reading a book, weighs 350 pounds and measures 12 feet tall.

The Railsplitter Covered Wagon was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Covered Wagon.

The World's Largest Covered Wagon was also named the in the June/July 2010 Reader's Digest magazine as the #1 Roadside Attraction in America! (Click here for more information)

March 2010 Dedication at new location. 

The wagon is parked at its beautiful new home at the Best Western Lincoln Inn at 1750 5th St. - corner of 5th Street and Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois. 

©2006, 2010 Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.