The vault that held President Lincoln's casket before it was moved into its final resting place is getting a facelift. Officials are pumping 300-thousand-dollars into the old vault at Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. That will cover the cost of repairs to the stone façade, gate restoration, drain installation, and waterproofing.
President Lincoln and his son Willie's caskets were kept in the vault for just over seven-months back in 1865. The repair work should be done by next May, in time for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's funeral.