2014 Lincoln Home visitors boost local economies by millions of dollars

SPRINGFIELD - National Park Service officials say visitors to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site last year boosted surrounding communities' economies by millions of dollars.

Officials say that 218,000 historic site visitors spent approximately $12.7 million in surrounding communities in 2014.  A similar study by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that the visitors' spending supported 208 jobs and contributed millions of dollars.

Historic site Superintendent Dale Phillips says that even though last year's numbers were good, he's expecting even more visitors this year due to 2015 being the anniversary of Lincoln's death and the end of the Civil War.

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site was the only home owned by Abraham and Mary Lincoln.  It resides in downtown Springfield, and the Lincolns lived there from 1844 until 1861, when they moved to the White House.

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