July Banner

In honor of our nation’s birthday, this month we’re featuring the Freedom Train, which traveled the rails of all (then) 48 states for 413 days between 1947 and 1949, carrying 126 documents that played a key role in the inception and early development of the United States of America. Over 3.5 million people visited the Freedom Train during its 37,000-mile journey, and it inspired a similar exhibition during the 1976 Bicentennial. This image of the Freedom Train was painted by Howard Fogg. It resides at the Lincoln Highway National Museum and Archives in Galion, Illinois. I’m not sure if the tracks in 1947 Washington, D.C. actually ran as they’re depicted, but it makes for an inspiring picture.

The Freedom Train travels on subjective time now, but there’s nothing subjective about the historic treasures it carried. There’s a wealth of additional information about the Freedom Train within the Lincoln Highway Museum website at http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/FT/FT-Index.html

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s