The mystery of Lincoln's disappearing bust

July 3, 2008 9:19:10 AM PDT
He's one of our greatest presidents; and central to a baffling mystery.

On Independence Day in 1909, the centennial year of Abraham Lincoln's birth, an ornate monument was dedicated to him in Scranton.

But sometime in the early decades of the 20th century, the 16-foot-tall structure simply vanished. No one still living seems to know where it went.

Local historians recently confirmed the memorial's existence in newspaper archives. Now they're trying to figure out what happened to it.

The monument was situated along the shore of man-made Lake Lincoln. One theory holds that when Lake Lincoln was renovated and expanded in the '20s, officials realized the monument was in the way and took it down. If that's true, there's little hope that the memorial's intricately carved stone base has survived. But the bronze bust may still be out there.