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University of Arizona team solves Lincoln mystery
For two weeks in 1865, President Lincoln’s body was carried across the Northeast by train.
Millions turned out as the funeral train rolled from town to town. It was a social event, heavy with history -- a chance to see the body of the first president assassinated in America, the Commander-in-Chief under whom the Civil War was fought. People left their farms, closed their shops and headed to the train station to see Lincoln.
Just ahead of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, a team of
Press reports describing the train car’s color were inconsistent. Some said it was a deep chocolate. Others, called it claret red. There were no color photos back then, of course, and no one made a painting of the train at the time.
The car was sold off after
So the folks at the Chicago-based Lincoln
Funeral Car Project didn’t know what color to paint the life-sized replica they’re
building for the sesquicentennial of
They turned to
“Finding that authenticity is part
of recreating that little bit of reality,” Wesolowski said. “If you don’t have,
if you can’t justify what you have, then you really can’t say this is a
One of the train’s window had been
sold to a
It was a dark maroon.