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Abraham Lincoln Never Visited Idaho... So Why Are There Statues In His Honor In Boise?

Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio
Boise State Public Radio listener Ashlie Baty at the Lincoln statue on Capitol Boulevard in downtown Boise. The second Lincoln statue is near Zoo Boise. Baty is not originally from Idaho, and was curious about our 16th President's connection to the state.

Yesterday would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday. 

That’s a big deal for Dave Leroy, an amateur historian and former Attorney General of Idaho. Although Lincoln never visited Idaho while he was alive, Leroy contends that he and the state are deeply connected in history. 


Today we bring back an episode of Wanna Know Idaho, our listener supported podcast, which answers a question about the Lincoln statues in downtown Boise. You can find the original episode here


And we're looking for new questions to investigate! Email us: idahomatters@boisestate.edu. 


Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.