Today marks the 204th anniversary of the birth of Abe Lincoln.
It also marks the 152nd anniversary of the day his inaugural train entered Ohio.
Reports are that the largest crowds met his train in Cincinnati on February 12, 1861.
He traveled through Licking County on the train's trip between Columbus and Pittsburgh. He spoke in Newark on February 14, 1861 Local legend has him losing his hat while coming through our town and a silk, stovepipe hat being found soon after that now is kept as a local relic.
That trip was on the Panhandle Rail Line, a rail line still used today to move materials and goods to, from, and through Licking County.