Record-holding Ill. covered wagon to be repaired

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2014 at 8:17 am •  Published: February 3, 2014

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — A winter that has caused people to fall on the icy sidewalks and left cars stranded in snow drifts now has another victim: The world's largest covered wagon.

At the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, officials are getting ready to repair the covered wagon in Lincoln along Old US Route 66, that, despite its 10,000 pounds, was nearly toppled over by winds that reached and estimated 50 mph on Jan. 26.

Nancy Saul, the interim director of the bureau, said her phone started ringing early on Jan. 27 from people wanting to help out with the repairs of the wagon that is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's largest covered wagon.

She said the bureau is poised to fix it. "We are already preparing proposals and we do have insurance on it," she said of the 40-foot-long, 12-foot-wide wagon.

The winds did a number on the wagon. Not only is it nearly on its side, but Saul said one wheel was destroyed, another broken, the wagon box was damaged and the cover was torn up. But one part of the wagon that wasn't damaged was the 12-foot fiberglass Abe Lincoln sitting up front.

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