Record-holding Ill. covered wagon to be repaired

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Lincoln (AP) -- A central Illinois town's record-holding covered wagon will undergo repairs after being damaged by strong winds last week.

 

 The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the 40-foot-long, 12-foot-wide, 10,000-pound wagon as the world's largest.

 

It was hand-built of Illinois oak and steel in 2001 by Pawnee resident David Bentley, and bought in 2007 by the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.

 

It sits near a hotel in the town of Lincoln and has become quite the tourist attraction, with its 12-foot fiberglass Abraham Lincoln sitting on the wagon seat.

 

In late January, a wagon wheel was destroyed by 50 mile per hour winds.

 

Tourism officials hope the repairs can be made quickly.

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