National Geographic : 1960 Feb
Our Land Through Lincoln's Eyes By CAROLYN BENNETT PATTERSON National Geographic Staff Kodachromes by National Geographic PhotographerW. D. VAUGHN "147E CANNOT ESCAPE HISTORY. We ... will be remembered in spite WVof ourselves." Abraham Lincoln's prophecy rings true as we look back over the past year, celebrated around the world as the 150th anniversary of his birth. In school and statehouse, courthouse and Congress, in song, drama, speech, and printed word, men paid tribute. Throughout the 24 States where Lincoln lived and moved, thou sands walked in his footsteps, reliving episodes of his life. On every hand bronze marker and granite monument proclaimed the sites that Lincoln knew: Here he slept, there he walked, yonder he spoke. Traveling through those States, photog rapher Vaughn and I sought features of the land that Lincoln himself might still recog nize. In recording what remains from the past, we hoped to encounter those forces and discover those truths that gave power to a giant who held destiny in a gnarled hand. "In this temple as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." The Lincoln Memorial in the Nation's Capital draws nearly two million visitors a year. W. D. VAUGHN AND JOHNE. FLETCHER @ N.G U.