NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: ‘A. Lincoln and Family’ visited Niagara Falls
From the Lockport Journal:
Today is the 152nd anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. We know that our 16th president visited the Niagara Frontier at least twice, and possibly three times, before he took his first oath of office in March, 1861.
In February of that year, president-elect Lincoln stopped in Buffalo while en route to his inauguration in Washington, D.C…
In July 1857, the Lincolns were on their way to New York City to collect $5,000 that Lincoln was owed for legal work he had done on behalf of the Illinois Central Railroad. During their brief visit to Niagara Falls, they stayed at the Cataract House and registered as “A. Lincoln and Family, Springfield, Illinois.” Lincoln brought his wife Mary and their three sons, Robert, Willie and Tad, along on the trip (Edward had died in 1850). While they were there, the Lincolns visited Goat and Bath Island and went over to Niagara Falls, Canada (Lincoln’s only trip outside of the United States) to visit a museum on that side. They then left to continue their trip to New York and returned to Springfield in early August.