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The Lincoln Monument

The Lincoln Monument. (Flickr/Jimmywayne)

The Lincoln Monument is one of those spectacular man-made Wonders of Wyoming, that grabs your attention each and every time you see it. You can’t miss this impressive bronze masterpiece as you make your way through the summit at Sherman Hill on Interstate 80. Maybe your first glimpse of Lincoln Monument was when you came around the bend at the western end of Happy Jack Road. Whichever angle you choose, the sight is truly impressive.

This magnificent bronze bust was commissioned in 1959 as a memorial to America’s first Transcontinental Highway, and the American President who championed cross-country transportation routes long before, in the mid-1800’s. It was President Abraham Lincoln who established the nation-connecting Transcontinental Railroad.

And it was nationally-known artist, and University of Wyoming Art professor, Robert Russin, who created this amazing work of art. Russin crafted the largest bronze bust in America, 13 feet tall. The spectacular presidential likeness sits atop a granite pedestal, crafted of ancient rock taken from nearby Vedauwoo. And in its total splendor, Lincoln Monument rises to a total of 42-and-a-half feet. The Lincoln Monument was financed by Dr. Charles W. Jeffrey of Rawlins, and was first placed at the nearby location of the old Lincoln Higway, and dedicated in February of 1959, on the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The Lincoln Monument was moved to its current location in 1968, to this breathtaking mountain pass, standing proudly at the highest point along Interstate 80, elevation – 8,640 feet.

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