Visiting Lincoln’s Tomb

Yesterday my stay in Springfield took a trip down memory lane – the memory lane of one of our most celebrated presidents. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and people today still pay their respects to him by visiting Oak Ridge cemetery every year. Walking through the halls of the mausoleum was like going back in time. I could sense the state of preserved history in the air. Kind of eerie and creepy, I might add. Like I was disturbing the peace.

 photo lincoln7_zpsis1tpjvp.jpgWelcome to the tomb. Historically preserved since 1960.
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Young Abraham Lincoln
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Lincoln’s head bust sculpted by Gorzam Borglum. The nose is gold because of many tourists rubbing it for good luck.
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Centerpiece of Lincoln’s tomb, a small replica of the piece at the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

lincoln11Honest Abe on his horse
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Lincoln’s chair from the side
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Burial headstone of Lincoln. He’s buried ten feet under.
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“Gold nose” from the side
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Lincoln Tomb obelisk. The tomb also houses Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, and his son Robert Tadd. Mary Lincoln had quite bad luck because her husband was assassinated and three of her four sons all died before adulthood.
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Lincoln’s chair from the back. The man, the myth, the legend.


WPC: Door to History

Day 219 - Looking In
The Parlour – Old Fashioned Ice Cream

The Parlour is a little slice of heaven I have always loved to go to since I was a baby essentially. The ice cream there has never failed to satisfy me, with the Dare to be Great always the monster feat on the menu, the signature product that many have tried to conquer but have failed. This place has had its history of closings, renovations, reopenings, and financial troubles, but it still proves to be one of the more popular places to eat in my hometown. Even people from other states know about this little gem and probably come here when they visit Michigan. The one thing in this iconic place that has not been replaced through all these years is an old-fashioned jukebox or Wurlitzer, that stands in a corner near the entrance. I don’t think it works anymore but it is a symbol of the Parlour’s original 1950s roots.

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Door.”

T is for Those Elephants

It basically caused a gigantic seismic wave, created a whole new culture of people that have come together to share their life stories and have a lot of fun. It is something that sparked an entire revolution. The 18 seconds  that changed the world forever. The one that basically “woke” the Internet up. The one that – Okay, I’ll just say it: today’s the tenth anniversary of the first ever video uploaded to YouTube, called ‘Me at the zoo’ and starring the co-founder of the site, Jawed Karim. Little did he know that he had just planted the first seed that would grow into the magnificent giant sequoia it is today. And today he’s probably sitting back in a comfortable chair in his luxurious home marveling at the thing, the Frankenstein, he helped create.

Enjoy this day now forever marked in history as YouTube day. Go back to the simpler times when it was mostly unedited, low resolution clips of people doing random things, before VEVO stepped in and basically told the site to grow the hell up, putting up their music videos that make that “Top Ten Most Viewed Videos” list look overrated.

It’s also the tenth anniversary of the second video uploaded to YouTube, and possibly the third and the fourth. Basically every video after this is going to celebrate its tenth anniversary either today, tomorrow or in the days to come. It’s like a glacial layer of ice is moving over everything now, forever freezing these first videos into history.

The second, less popular video:

Hey, it’s not that hard to start a company. Just grab a camera, stand in front of some elephants, say a few words, and you’re golden. If only it were that simple now…

April A to Z Challenge