This Roadside Attraction
Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument, Lincoln Station, 101 N Chicago St, Lincoln, IL 62656
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.
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.
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.
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.
Site: Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument
Location: Lincoln Station, 101 N Chicago St, Lincoln, IL 62656
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: July 15, 2007