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Lincoln’s Logs

By Linda Tancs

The 42nd Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will take place in Lincoln, Illionois from 14 to 16 September.  The event kicks off on Friday with a Civil War Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District Rec Center.  For those who want to see how logs are split into beautiful rails, don’t miss the fierce competition on Saturday and Sunday at the Logan County Fairgrounds.  Log splitting for rail fences was a way of life on the American frontier, and President Abraham Lincoln was a rail splitter in his youth.  That activity led to his nickname, Rail Splitter, coined by the Republican Party to enhance his candidacy for President in 1860.

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