During his lifetime and even after his death Logan was honored by having his name given to streets, parks, cities, counties and even people. Here are some hints to use when you are “Looking for Logan” Many communities have streets named for Logan. This is especially true of towns that grew rapidly after the Civil War. Yes, there may be other locally famous folks named Logan, but if the street is near Grant or Sherman Avenue then it is named for General John A. Logan.There are perhaps more than a hundred Memorial Day plaques honoring his famous General Order Number 11 creating Memorial Day as a National Holiday. They were placed in public buildings and cemeteries across the United States. We think that we have located all of the Logan statues but who knows. There may be another one out there to find. The General John A Logan Museum invites the public to join a nationwide ‘Scavenger Hunt’ to locate and photograph any Logan namesake or memorial that still exists. If you send us a photo and location of one we have not yet catalogued, we will enter you in our quarterly drawing for a Logan Museum t-shirt. So, as you travel, keep an eye out for Logan
In the news of late there has been much talk about how well we may or may not be taking good care of our Veterans from recent wars. Logan was a vocal advocate for providing health care and assistance not only to our very deserving veterans of the Civil War but also providing for their widows or orphans. Legislation he wrote has lead directly to the modern V.A.
His name is listed as a street name in many major cities from Denver to Chicago, especially towns that grew rapidly after the Civil War. Yes, there may be other locally famous folks named Logan, but if the street is near Grant or Sherman Avenue then it is named for General John A Logan.
Countless military cemeteries have a bronze plaque with his famous General Order Number 11 creating Memorial Day as a National Holiday.
Statues can be found in Washington D.C. and Chicago’s Logan Square; even in southern cities like Vicksburg, MS and Raleigh, N.C. there are Logan statues.
Because he was an advocate for the United States Geological Survey there is a mountain named for him and maybe a salamander.
There is no complete record of how many Logan Memorial Day markers were placed or log of their locations. The General John A. Logan Museum invites the public to join a nationwide ‘Scavenger Hunt’ to locate and photograph the markers that still exist. Keep an eye out for them as you travel!
Please contact the museum if you locate one.
Join the “Scavenger Hunt” and help the museum discover more about Logan and the story of Memorial Day. If you send us a photo of one of the markers we have not yet cataloged, we will send to you a Centennial Logan Days bookmark souvenir.