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Replica of Abraham Lincoln's casket on display in Norfolk, NE


When you think of President's Day some of our country's greatest leaders may come to mind, like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Monday, folks in Norfolk, Nebraska, got to see a unique piece of Lincoln history One of four exact replicas of Lincoln's coffin was on display at a local funeral home. Brockhaus Funeral Home waited for 18 months to bring the display in on loan, which is based on a 1865 photo.

Officials say the 6 foot-6 inch casket was extremely ornate for the time, costing $1,500. That's about $150,000, today. Jeff Gould, Sioux Falls SD says, "Solid walnut, lined with lead, white satin, covered with black cloth with silver accouterments and decorations. Quite elaborate for the time."

Some have asked why Lincoln's casket has been duplicated and toured. Gould says we tend to duplicate things that are interesting to us, and there is a fascination with Abraham Lincoln.

The casket will be on display in Norfolk Tuesday. Then it will move on to other Brockhaus funeral homes in Creighton, Tilden and Spencer Nebraska.

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