Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois
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Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois

I have a confession to make.

I have licked a public watermelon.

Yes, it’s true. I went to take a picture with the watermelon, stuck out my tongue to “pretend” to be eating it, and accidentally licked it. It tasted metallic. Lesson learned: I would highly recommend against licking any of the silly sites I describe here.

Unless, I suppose, it’s something like the world’s largest lollipop.

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I am leaving this month of Abraham Lincoln monuments with one of the most bizarre memorials I have ever come across: the Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument.

Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois

Yes, my silly American friends, it is a pink and green slice of watermelon dedicated to our sixteenth president and the christening of Lincoln, Illinois. That’s it.

As the story goes, on August 27, 1853 the first sale of lots in the new town of Lincoln took place near where the watermelon monument now stands. Abraham Lincoln, in whose honor the town had been named, was present and was asked to officially christen the town. He chose a watermelon from a nearby pile, cut into it with his pocketknife, and then bumped it on a pile of lumber. He squeezed the juice into a tin cup, gave a brief speech, and christened the town.

Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois

In celebration of that fateful day, the town constructed this monument in the shape of a slice of watermelon. Definitely one of the weirdest sites I’ve seen and it certainly would be the highlight of any road trip through Illinois. Just remember, as yummy as it looks, try not to lick it.

Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois

Your Silly American Adventurer after accidentally licking the watermelon.
Site: Lincoln Watermelon Monument
Location: Broadway and Chicago, Lincoln, IL
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: July 15, 2007

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.