President Abraham Lincoln Dined in Erie, PA on his way to Washington to be inaugurated in March 1861

Did you know that en route to Washington to be inaugurated, President Lincoln stopped and enjoyed a meal at the Erie train depot’s dining room in February 1861?

His train also stopped at the Girard and North East stations.

“At Erie quite a scene occurred, by the breaking down of a roof on which a large number of curious republicans had gathered. The sudden appearance of the whole group, and the scramble among the ruins, was most ludicrous. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt. After dinner at Erie Mr. Lincoln addressed the people, excusing himself for not expressing his opinions on the exciting questions of the day,” according to New York Herald, February 17, 1861 as posted at

Erie’s Union Station train depot was where President Lincoln dined in 1861 as he traveled to Washington to be inaugurated.
This picture shows the railroad track side of Erie’s Union Station depot in the early 20th century.

This 2015 photo shows what it looked like while detraining at 4 a.m. in February at the Erie train station.

About xtinethewriter

* Freelance Writer Xtraordinaire * Producer of 300+ youtube videos * Cellist and bassist * Over 4,000 photos on Google maps viewed 300,000,000 times * Army veteran stationed in Bangkok, Thailand * Creative director for and * Former Advertising Executive, REALTOR, TV Producer, and Majority Inspector of Elections for Millcreek's 5th Ward, Erie County, PA. Also check out and * See her complete video collection at:
This entry was posted in business, christine lorraine, Christine's Chronicles, Erie, Erie PA, family, food, history, humor, military, outdoors, PA, quiz, train, trainumentary, travel, trivia, Uncategorized, US Presidents, xtine's 20 questions and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s