With dirges through the night,
- Walt Whitman, "When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd"
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the "Lincoln Funeral Train" - a journey from Washington, DC, to Springfield, IL, that stretched from April 21, 1865 to May 3, 1865.
Many towns along the original route are holding commemorations.
In 2011, I had the great privilege of visiting the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX.
The museum has one of only three scale replicas of the Lincoln Funeral Train crafted by Dr. Wayne Wesolowski. You can learn about his funeral train replica project at "Abraham Lincoln Online" here and by reading his booklet, The Lincoln Train is Coming, which describes Lincoln's funeral arrangements and the trip from Washington to Springfield.
Photos of the scale model and period photos are below.