Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Abraham Lincoln and his family moved to Indiana in 1816 and stayed until 1830 when they moved to Illinois. Lincoln would have been between the ages of 7 and 21 during that time. The State of Indiana administered and operated this memorial to Abraham Lincoln and his mother, but in 1962, in recognition of its national significance, Congress authorized the creation of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Much of the early development of this park was done in the 1930s by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. One of its most notable accomplishments was the excavation of the Lincoln cabin hearthstones. Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is buried on the grounds here. It is also the site of the Lincoln farm.
This is the state park I mentioned in a previous post so I guess that actually makes it a National Park. As you can imagine, I have about a zillion photos of this place I will be boring you with in the coming days.
Above is a photo of the flagpole that sits across from the Vistors Center at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in southern Indiana. The towering 120-foot tall flagpole was originally placed in the island in the center of the plaza and was formally dedicated on July 12, 1931. It was later moved to its present location in 1944.