Here are four local namesakes — and one in Eastern Washington — of President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.
In the state named after Washington, Lincoln may never get his due — not even on his birthday weekend.
Technically, the 16th president of the United States doesn’t even get full billing on Presidents Day — which is listed in U.S. code only as “Washington’s Birthday.”
In some states, Lincoln’s Birthday receives a celebration of its own, but Washington’s not one of them.
In recent years, you could find the men of Seattle sporting Lincoln’s key fashion accessory — a long, immaculate beard. But, alas, few top hats were to be found.
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Still, the great emancipator gets a few honors. As we celebrate Lincoln’s birthday Friday, Feb. 12, here are some local namesakes:
Lincoln Park: The sprawling West Seattle park features rocky bluffs, beaches and the outdoor, heated saltwater Colman Pool. The pool would probably sound nice to young Abe, who grew up swimming and, according to legend, nearly drowned in the swollen waters of Knob Creek in Kentucky, where he lived in his famous childhood log house.
Abraham Lincoln Building: Although the architecture is not particularly interesting, this Third Avenue and Seneca Street structure plays host to a compelling tenant: The FBI.
Wallingford’s Lincoln High School: The school formerly known as Lincoln High School houses rambunctious first- through fifth-grade honors students attending Cascadia Elementary and the K-8 students of Licton Spring school. The school closed in 1981 and has been a temporary home to several other schools as their buildings were renovated. Seattle Public Schools plans to fully renovate and reopen it as a high school by 2019.
The school actually known as Lincoln High School in Tacoma: Elvis Presley once played a set at the Tacoma school, constructed in 1913. More recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited in the fall. Members of the football team presented the Chinese premier with a custom football jersey. The team’s mascot is, you guessed it, a cartoon Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln County: Visit Abe’s namesake county just west of Spokane, which takes about five hours to reach by car from Seattle. One of the smallest (about 10,500 people) and among the most conservative counties in Washington, it’s known for wheat farming. The county flag features Lincoln’s bust with a shaft of wheat on both sides of his head.