The state of Illinois is spending more than $600,000 to get the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in shape for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death in 2015. Gov. Pat Quinn has approved spending on the work. The repairs mean the tomb in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery will be closed from December first until early March. Quinn says it is "vital" the tomb be kept in top condition to accommodate thousands of visitors every year. The outside of the tomb will be open to tourists. Workers will fix deteriorated and damaged finishes and replace interior lighting. The 117-foot-tall tomb was dedicated in 1874. Lincoln, his wife Mary and three of their four sons are buried there.
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