The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park

The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park (HM17YU)

Location: Westfield, NY 14787 Chautauqua County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 19.321', W 79° 34.704'

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Established July 10, 1999

The meeting of President-Elect Abraham Lincoln and his famous corresponent, twelve-year-old Grace Bedell took place on February 16, 1861, in Westfield at the train station. Prior to this, Grace had penned a letter to Lincoln suggesting that whiskers would improve his appearance. At their meeting, Lincoln shook her hand, kissed Grace, and asked her how she liked the improvements she had advised.

The statues are the work of sculptor Don Sottile, a native of Westfield. The bronze casting took place at the Fireworks Foundry, Penn Yann, upstate New York.

Westfield is most grateful to town historian Billie Dibble for the inspiration and Dr. Kent L. Brown for guiding the project through to completion.
HM NumberHM17YU
Series This marker is part of the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops series
Year Placed1999
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 8:52pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 617139 N 4686508
Decimal Degrees42.32201667, -79.57840000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.321', W 79° 34.704'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 19.26" N, 79° 34' 42.24" W
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Area Code(s)716
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8 N Portage St, Westfield NY 14787, US
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