The website The Route of Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train notes that:

Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington on April 21, 1865.  It would essentially retrace the 1,654 mile route Mr. Lincoln had traveled as president-elect in 1861 (with the deletion of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and the addition of Chicago). The Lincoln Special, whose engine had Mr. Lincoln's photograph over the cowcatcher, carried approximately 300 mourners. Willie Lincoln's coffin was also on board. Willie, who had died in the White House in 1862 at age 11, had been disinterred and was to be buried with his father in Springfield. A Guard of Honor accompanied Mr. Lincoln’s remains on the Lincoln Special.


Below are images of articles published in the Joliet Republican on May 6, 1865, and the Joliet Signal on May 9, 1865, about the stop of the funeral train in Joliet.




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Photo at the top of the page:

Exchange (now Jefferson) street, circa 1860, courtesy of the Joliet Area Historical Museum


Joliet Remembers was written and produced by Jack Tegel, Roger Gambrel, and Chris Sloan