Commemorating Indiana’s History

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, February 13, 2015

As a child, I remember listening to older members of my community tell me about the Lincoln Funeral Train that passed through Indiana and our community of Lewisville, 150 years ago. That was the first time in its historic journey the Lincoln Funeral Train would be crossing into a state where the President had actually lived. Since I heard these stories, my love for our nation’s history and culture has continued to grow.

This year marks 150 years since the Lincoln Funeral Train made the epic 1,700 mile journey that was one the largest, most significant events witnessed in American history. At least seven million people, without the aid of radio, television or internet, witnessed a part of this historic event. To commemorate the anniversary, April 6 -10, a reproduction of Lincoln’s casket will be on display at the Statehouse, surrounded by Lincoln memorabilia and artifacts from the historic Funeral Train.

As a state representative, I have the utmost admiration for Lincoln and hope to be able to share this opportunity to appreciate all he did and how far our great country has come. It is important to recognize this event and time in history for the lessons we can learn and to appreciate the things that have changed our lives for the better.

The funeral procession was observed by millions along the route, with communities recognizing and paying respect to Lincoln via newspaper articles and fliers. Today, these artifacts are priceless and serve as an important reminder of all the service Lincoln paid to his country.

Living in a district that the funeral train passed through is an honor and provides a unique story for District 54. For those that have newspaper clippings, journals, photos or other memorabilia from this event, you hold a unique piece of history, and I encourage you to share it with others. We are looking for anything to remember this historic event by in the Statehouse and would appreciate you sharing your memorabilia with us to put on display alongside the Lincoln casket.

If you would like to share anything that you have or have any questions about this event, please feel free to call me at 317-232-9753 or email You can also call Pam Bennett at the Indiana State Library. I hope to see many individuals taking advantage of this opportunity to indulge in this history of our country and our district. 

Of course, I encourage you to contact my office with your thoughts and suggestions this session. I always enjoy hearing from my community which allows me to better represent you.