An Assassination Vacation in the Midwest

I am visiting my family here in Illinois and decided to use the opportunity to make use of the newly updated Lincoln assassination maps here on BoothieBarn.  I planned and executed a two day excursion to visit some of the sites on the Lincoln Assassination in the Midwest map.  The following is an overview of my trip composed using the tweets I sent out en route along with a couple of short videos I made.

While the trip mainly consisted of two long days of driving, I enjoyed myself and it was a lot of fun to see so many Lincoln assassination places, graves, and artifacts all at once.  Thank you to the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, Mr. Blair Tarr, curator of the Kansas State Historical Society Museum, Nikaela Zimmerman, Barry Cauchon, and Steve Miller for all your help in making this trip possible.  Also, thank you to my parents for letting me use (and put a considerable number of miles on) their car.

Now you all get out there, take your own assassination vacation, and tell me about it in the comments below!

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19 thoughts on “An Assassination Vacation in the Midwest

  1. Kathy Canavan

    Amazing hoods. Thanks, Dave and Kate

    • The Quincy Historical Society only has the one padded hood Kathy, but it was cool to see. The Chicago History Museum also has a padded hood and the Smithsonian has the regularly hoods the conspirators wore.

  2. Richard Sloan

    Fantastic trip and pictures, guys! You continue to outdo yourself/selves! Great to see the crossbeam from so many diff’t angles and close-ups.The Corbett items are great, too! As for JWB and the snowstorm, please cite for us when you get a chance the date of the letter in which JWB wrote about that storm. Do you have the text of the “Beautiful Snow” poem? I vaguely recollect that you quoted it in a previous “issue.” I have an old book of poems containing it, and it’s also the book’s title.

  3. Great photos and post Dave!

    • Eva Lennartz

      (PS: When will you set off to explore the sites on your international map?)

    • Thanks, Carolyn! Next time we’ll drive to California to visit you. We can crash on your couch right?

      • Hope you are not allergic to dogs! 🙂

        I emailed you a link to my photos from my Cal State Northridge trip. Edwin Booth Family collection is located at the Oviatt Library.

        Oh BTW, I recently acquired another Mary Devlin broadside dated June 11, 1858, and she plays Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII. Woohoo!

  4. Amazing, Dave and Kate!! Thanks so very, very much for allowing us to go along with you – Love it all – especially the hoods and the hanging beam! How lucky you are to be able to see that!

  5. Wade Kirby

    What a joy it always is to read your blogs. The photography, always contains details that we “Assassination” buffs love to explore. I can only imagine all the long hours and many attempts to get the photos just right. Congrats! Thanks for wonderful work. I wish you could see how people love it!

    • Thank you for your very kind words, Wade. I’m glad you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them.

  6. Dan W.

    Great post, Dave. I especially liked the tombstone of Mark Gray Lyons. Amazing that you found this.

    • Dr. Watermeier,

      I had contacted the Keokuk Public Library a few years ago trying to track down Mark Gray Lyons. They were kind enough to tell me where he was buried but I still had no idea if he was marked in anyway. We were quite lucky to have found him. If you would like any additional pictures of his grave, just let me know and I can email them to you.

      I’m very much looking forward to the release of your book, “American Tragedian: The Life of Edwin Booth” later this month. Everyone should pre-order it now:



  7. Great stuff here Dave and Kate. I feel like I was along on the journey! Keep up the good work.

  8. Eva Lennartz

    So fantastic, your trip, and great photos!!!

    • Thank you, Eva. Kate and I would love to come to go abroad and explore some of the assassination sites Europe has to offer, but that probably won’t happen anytime soon. When someday it does, though, we expect a thorough tour of the Germany related sites from you! 🙂

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