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Sampel Bust in Troy, Kansas

This bronze bust by artist Mark Sampsel commemorates Lincoln's visit to this Kansas town on December 1, 1859. Dedicated in August 2002, it was sponsored by the Troy Community and Garden Club and the Doniphan County Historical Society. You will find it on Walnut Street facing the north side of the county courthouse.

Lincoln arrived by carriage in this prairie hamlet on a bitterly cold and windy day, wrapped in a buffalo robe. He was on a speaking tour, testing the concepts which he made famous a few months later at New York's Cooper Institute. An eyewitness recalled listening to him with about 40 people in a small courthouse which once stood just west of the present building. He remembered being "unconsciously and irresistibly drawn by the clearness and closeness of his argument."

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