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The Lincoln in Lincoln City

Posted: Thursday, Feb 28th, 2013

(Photo by Rick Beasley)

A statuesque reminder of one of the nation’s great presidents, “Abraham Lincoln on Horseback” towers over the entrance to the Lincoln City Community Center on NW 21st Street. Anna Hyatt Huntington, the famous bronze sculptor, gave the statue to Lincoln City in 1965 after the State of Oregon declined the gift for Salem and Eugene rejected the bronze sculpture for the University of Oregon. Both authorities cited the high cost of shipping the piece to Oregon as their reason for refusing the priceless treasure. Meanwhile, the mayor of Lincoln City learned of the refusals and asked Huntington to make Lincoln City its permanent home under the condition that the city pay the $25,000 shipping fee. Huntington agreed. A plaque at the site, donated in 1995 by the children of Oceanlake Elementary School, describes how Abraham Lincoln, when offered the governorship of the Oregon Territory in 1849, also declined a position in “the untamed west.”

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