The Lincoln funeral train at the Michigan Central depot in Michigan City, May 1, 1865. A version of this image appears in Cruise of the Zoo Board, pg. 46. Caption from Cruise of the Zoo Board: “Lincoln funeral train in Michigan City May 1, 1865. Depot appears at the left of this photograph. This depot was the first Michigan Central Depot, but it was also used by the Lake Erie grain elevator. The funeral train arrived early in the morning on the Monon from Indianapolis. Patriotic organizations of the city conducted memorial services, after which the townspeople were permitted to view the remains of the martyred president. When the train arrived in the morning the funeral party was served a white fish breakfast by a committee of local women. After remaining here several hours the train was transferred to the Michigan Central and proceeded to Chicago.” Blair’s grain elevator is in the background in the right of the photo, behind the memorial arch. The 35-foot Lincoln funeral arch at the station was decorated with evergreens and flowers, and included a central staff with a flag at half-mast. Duplicate of slide 959. Slide 1808 in the CETA historical slide collection.
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