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In this temple, as in the hearts of the people, for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.— Epitaph engraved above Lincoln's head, after restoration

The Lincoln Memorial is a memorial building located on the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


A large pre-War monument, serving as a United States Presidential Memorial. It was constructed in remembrance of President Abraham Lincoln.


The memorial is heavily damaged but is still standing. Many of its walls were blasted open, and Lincoln's head is missing. When one first arrives at this location, they are threatened by Silas, who tells the player character to stay away from the memorial. Through dialogue, they may be allowed to enter an entrance to the left of stairs where one is met by Leroy Walker, who leads Silas and the slavers from Paradise Falls, now occupying the memorial.

After talking with Leroy the player character can start the Head of State quest this way, which is one of two ways to start it. One may not approach the memorial itself, as the slavers will shoot on sight. According to the slavers, it is kept under guard to prevent slaves from getting any ideas about freedom, as well as making the grounds for slavery stronger in the Capital Wasteland. One slaver even mentions that the site might even be demolished to reduce the slave society's awareness of Lincoln.

Before the quest Head of State, Lincoln's head is at the Temple of the Union. Hannibal Hamlin sets up a settlement at the Lincoln Memorial and restores the head to the statue if the player character helps him take the memorial from the slavers. If Head of State is completed in favor of the slaves, then three tents will spawn next to the memorial. They will be used as housing for the slaves. One can sleep in the beds.

Notable loot

  • Nuka-Cola Quantum, located in the memorial maintenance room on the ground floor on a metal shelf, near Leroy Walker. It can be stolen with no Karma loss.
  • Five Nuka-Colas in the maintenance room and four in the refugee tent.

Related quests


  • There are thirteen frag mines scattered around the back and side perimeter of the memorial.
  • There are three trip wires that can be disarmed on the path behind the memorial. Each is connected to a grenade bouquet. One is in the tree line to the northeast.
  • There are two other tripwires protecting holes in the memorial's walls; one is connected to a grenade bouquet, the other to a swing object.
  • There is writing on both inside walls of the memorial. They are Lincoln's inaugural and Gettysburg addresses just as in the actual memorial.
  • The slavers in this location have no connection to the slavers in Paradise Falls. Killing them will elicit neither hostility nor any reaction in dialogue with the slavers in Paradise Falls.
  • Along with the head of Lincoln being re-attached, the plaque atop the statue is also reattached, the one that says "Temple Of The Union." After completing the quest in favor of the slaves, the plaque is restored and was likely carved out to restate what it used to say before the Great War. If the player looks hard enough at the unrestored plaque, they can see faint letters, so it was supposedly traced with few errors.
  • The head of the memorial also appears as an easter egg in Fallout: New Vegas during the Debt Collector quest. When searching for Lady Jane's caravan in the broc flower cave, the head of the memorial is shown tied to Jane's brahmin.


The Lincoln Memorial appears only in Fallout 3 and in the Atomic Command game in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes

  • The location is based on the real world Lincoln Memorial, a national memorial built to honor the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument.
  • If you look closely at Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, inscribed in the northern wall of the memorial, the letter "F" in "Future" is slightly different than the other "F"s. This is because it was accidentally carved as an "E" originally and had to be corrected.
  • The Lincoln Memorial can be seen on "Channel 8: Washington, D.C." of the Prepare for the Future teaser site.


  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes when entering for the first time, the slavers will not be there. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes Leroy Walker is not there, or already inside the building. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png If you kill one of the followers that you fired near Hannibal Hamlin and his other groups, they turn hostile. [verified]