Take that, Illinois: Other land of Lincoln topples Lincoln Log record

2013-04-14T04:00:00Z 2013-06-28T13:49:04Z Take that, Illinois: Other land of Lincoln topples Lincoln Log recordBy EMILY NITCHER / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

The city is called Lincoln, after all.

And on Saturday, the city of Lincoln broke the Guinness World Record for the tallest Lincoln Log structure ever built, using a record number of Lincoln Logs in the process.

Lincoln steals the record from the land of Abraham Lincoln. Ottowa, Ill., set that record in March 2010 with a 10-foot-11 structure built with 2,995 Lincoln Logs by the Community House of Arts in Ottowa.

Modeled after the Nebraska State Capitol, the city of Lincoln's structure is 12-foot-4 and composed of 10,036 Lincoln Logs. It breaks the Guinness records for both height and number of logs.

The builders were a group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln architecture students and DLR Group architects.

Nate White, one of the student architects, had never played with Lincoln Logs before he started helping with the project. He quickly learned about the precision required.

"If one piece is off it makes it off-kilter," he said.

The need for precision meant keeping the public away from the structure. Curious children thought the Capitol looked like the perfect toy and tried slipping through the barrier for a closer look. 

And there were children aplenty.

Hundreds of families flocked to watch Lincoln make history and to take advantage of the museum’s free admission.

Others elected to avoid the crowd. The windows looking into the museum on P Street were smudged from fingers and faces of curious Lincolnites hoping to catch a glimpse of the Lincoln Log Capitol.

The build took a little more than six hours, and families explored and played in the museum while they waited for history. 

In a room adjacent to the building site, the Osborn brothers competed in another Lincoln Log competition.  

Event organizers were offering a prize for whoever could build a six-foot freestanding Lincoln Log tower. The prize? A tube of Lincoln Logs, of course.   

The Osborn brothers carefully added pieces to their tower, holding onto it to make sure it didn’t tumble to the ground.  After an anxiety-filled hour and a half of watching their structure teeter and totter, the boys let go.

It fell.

“It’s all about timing,” 12-year-old Connor Osborn said.

The Capitol -- assuming it stands -- will be on display at the Lincoln Children's Museum until September.

“It’s built to give, but it won’t crumble easy,” White said.

Reach Emily Nitcher at 402-473-2657 or enitcher@journalstar.com.

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