Lincoln’s Journey to Launch Sept. 9

SPENCER COUNTY, Ind. — A pioneer-era flatboat will set sail Tuesday, Sept. 9, from Rockport, Ind., en route to New Orleans, La., in honor of President Abraham Lincoln’s upcoming 200th Birthday.
The public is invited to attend a send-off ceremony for Lincoln’s Journey of Remembrance to begin at 11 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 9, along the Ohio Riverfront below the Bluff in Rockport, Ind. The program includes a keynote address by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, musical performances, and more.
The people of Spencer County, Ind., where Lincoln lived from age 7 to 21, will take their Lincoln heritage down river in an effort to share the story of his formative years spent here with the people of eight states and more than 20 towns along the way to New Orleans.
This journey actually is the second re-enactment of Lincoln’s voyage from Rockport, Ind., to New Orleans. In 1958, for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the Rockport, Ind., Jaycees Club constructed a similar flatboat and made the same journey to New Orleans. The send-off ceremony will include a special tribute to the members of the ’58 crew. 
The flatboat, which measures 60 feet long and weighs in at 50,000 pounds, will make its was down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers during the 28-day voyage.
Lincoln’s Journey of Remembrance is a joint effort by members of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau, Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Think Lincoln, Inc., and the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The flatboat is owned by Ron Drake, an attorney and former Indiana state legislator, represents disabled children in Washington, D.C.
Both Lincoln’s mother and sister are buried in Spencer County, Ind., where today there are a number of sites people can visit to learn more about the life of our 16th president including Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln State Park, Lincoln Amphitheatre, Col. Jones Home, Lincoln Pioneer Village and Buffalo Run Farm.
Those interested in keeping up with the journey as it happens can visit our Web site blog at, where photos, video and other updates will be posted daily.  For more information, people may call 888-444-9252 or email
Lincoln’s Journey of Remembrance Schedule:

Sept. 9   Owensboro, KY
Sept. 10  Evansville, IN
Sept. 11  Henderson, KY
Sept. 12  Mt. Vernon, IN
Sept. 13  Elizabethtown, IL
Sept. 13 Cave in Rock, IL
Sept. 15  Paducah, KY
Sept. 16  Metropolis, IL
Sept. 17  Cairo, IL
Sept. 19  New Madrid, MO
Sept. 20  Caruthersville, MO
Sept. 21  Osceola, AR
Sept. 22  Memphis, TN
Sept. 24  Helena, AR
Sept. 26  Greenville, MS
Sept. 27  Lake Providence, LA
Sept. 28  Vicksburg, MS
Sept. 29  Natchez, MS
Oct. 1     Angola Ferry, LA
Oct. 2     Baton Rouge, LA
Oct. 4     Vacharie, LA
Oct. 5     New Orleans, LA