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Preparations underway for Lincoln funeral train.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 06:14:13 CDT
By: IPR

Preparations underway for Lincoln funeral train. A group that plans to recreate Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession says there's plenty of work left to do. The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition says it hopes to travel the entire route from Washington DC to Springfield, which still needs approval from the Illinois and federal Departments of Transportation.   Chairman Katie Spindell says she's confident it will result in Illinois seeing millions of dollars' worth of economic activity:

   

"We use this example. If it were 10-thousand people that came here for three days, the economic impact of that is three million dollars. We are currently looking at several thousand Civil War re-enactors alone."
Spindell says the procession will be in Springfield on the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd, 20-15. The organization, based out of Springfield, says it also has to raise 750-thousand dollars to cover expenses. The event two years from now will mark 150 years since Lincoln was assassinated.
   

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