Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

Police and fire boxes gain new life

I’ll admit not knowing the following story until becoming a tour guide. Like a lot of statues, I’d walk by these call boxes never knowing they were once the lifeline of police and firemen. It’s not often I find superb … Continue reading

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Finally, an honest man in Judiciary Square

How many statues are there of Abraham Lincoln around town? That’s a good question. And, I don’t know the answer. What’s special about this one in front of the D.C. Court of Appeals (Lincoln was a lawyer, after all) is … Continue reading

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Down by the old, old, old spring house

  It is a house of mystery. Well, at least a spring house of mystery. In nearly the middle of Ft. Lincoln Cemetery is a spring house believed to be one of the older structural relics of the American colonization … Continue reading

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Have a drink, kill a president

  Lincoln Assassination What did John Wilkes Booth do the hour before killing Abraham Lincoln? Why, have a drink. Hey, if you’re going to assassinate a president you might want to drink some courage first. Booth spent one hour nursing … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s hands – Urban legend or truth?

Tourists love stories. I could tell them the date, cost and weight/height of statues and they’d forget it as soon as I said it. But the stories, that’s different. Sometimes I’ll tell a PG tale if there is no one … Continue reading

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Baptist Alley gets overlooked

I’ve seen several tours of the Lincoln assassination as well as the one I give and one spot that’s often overlooked is Baptist Alley. It’s the rear of Ford’s Theatre where assassin John Wilkes Booth entered and exited. The alley … Continue reading

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See Lincoln movie, then come on my free tour

Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln” appears Friday and it looks like a blockbuster. After all, who doesn’t love the story of the 16th and maybe the greatest president (over George Washington.) But we all how Lincoln’s story ends, and that’s my tour … Continue reading

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One Destiny is one play not to miss

The ticket is just $5. The play is 35 minutes plus a 10-minute question-answer with the actors. And, you can see the museum, too. But forget all of that. One Destiny at Ford’s Theatre doesn’t need any help to make … Continue reading

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Consider a Lincoln assassination tour

Sometimes I call it a Lincoln assassination tour. Sometimes it’s a John Wilkes Booth tour. The difference is which angle to take, but the information is 90 percent the same. Just depends on what the audience wants. Here’s a taste … Continue reading

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Lincoln inaugural banquet a rousing success

The 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural was a bigger success than the original. Lincoln only gained 39 percent of the popular vote and 18 of 34 states when becoming president in 1861. Soon after the South broke away … Continue reading

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5 Questions on Lincoln’s swearing-in and inaugural banquet re-enactments

Abraham Lincoln returns to Washington on March 5 for the sesquicentennial celebration of his first inauguration. John T. Elliff of The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia explains the importance of the re-enactment of the swearing-in at the Capitol … Continue reading

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