By Paula @ Holiday World

Ronald Reagan at Santa Claus Land? We have proof!

From the Holiday World archives:

The Gipper is pictured above with our founder, Louis J. Koch, and Santa Jim.

The trio toured the park (which was not quite a decade old yet) and then the future president traveled a few miles west of here to visit what is now the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.

Ronald Reagan outside Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Ronald Reagan, on March 29, 1955

Back in 1955, the Lincoln property was a state park in tribute to Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham’s mother.

Just a few years later, Louis J. Koch’s son Bill was in the Oval Office to witness another president sign into law the transformation of the state park to the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.

Bill Koch and JFK

That’s Bill Koch, the third person from the right, with President John F. Kennedy signing the document. What a day that must have been!
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