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George H.W. Bush’s Funeral Train Revives a Lost Tradition

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GHW Buh's funeral train

When the body of President George H.W. Bush arrives in Texas on Thursday, a 150-year tradition will be briefly revived: the funeral train.

Bush, who passed away on November 30 at the age of 94, will be taken on a special passenger train from Houston to College Station, Texas where he will be buried alongside his wife Barbara. The event will represent the first time a president’s body has been moved aboard a funeral train since the death of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1969.

The first presidential funeral train ran in 1865 when Abraham Lincoln’s body was taken on a 1,654-mile journey through seven states from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The trip, which lasted two weeks, closely followed the route Lincoln had taken to Washington D.C. five years earlier, at the beginning of his presidency.

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