Old Lincoln Heritage Trail sign at Perryville, Ky.

Lincoln Heritage Trail

The Lincoln Heritage Trail is a route which passes by locations of significance in the life of Abraham Lincoln, our country's 16th president and the only one born in Kentucky. This route passes through Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, and is 2,200 miles long.

Years ago, the Lincoln Heritage Trail was prominently marked in Kentucky. However, for some reason, the route has fallen by the wayside. There are only a few faded old signs left in Kentucky marking this historic route. The sign above still stands on US 68 in Perryville. You can see if if you're approaching Perryville on US 68 traveling west, as it is at the intersection of US 68, US 150, and KY 52. Another Lincoln Heritage Trail, whose appearance is even worse than the sign above, is located on US 60 in Frankfort, and you can see if if you're traveling east just past the interchange with US 421 and KY 676. Another sign is on Alternate US 60 near the Grindstead Drive / I-64 interchange in Louisville. These signs are well over 20 years old. They have not been replaced as Kentucky has moved from the old painted signs, such as the one above, to Type III reflective signs.

In case you can't read the sign above, it has the face of a young Lincoln on it. The word "Lincoln" is above his head, the words "Heritage Trail" are below it. Below is a graphic from the Lincoln Heritage Trail brochure which will give you an idea of what the logo looks like:

Lincoln Heritage Trail logo

At one time, the Lincoln Heritage Trail was enough of a tourist attraction that a brochure was printed to publicize it. This pamphlet was published by the Lincoln Heritage Trail Association, 702 Bloomington Road, Champaign, Illinois 61820.

To help maintain the history of the Lincoln Heritage Trail, below is a scanned version of that brochure. The images have been reduced to fit on this page; you can use your browser's "View Image" command to see a full-size version.

Front of LHT brochure

The front of the brochure.

Inside of LHT brochure

The inside of the brochure

Lincoln Heritage Trail map

Map of the Lincoln Heritage Trail

Legend of LHT locations

Legend of map locations


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