Officials want to find out if a bed found in a storage shed is the one where President Abraham Lincoln slept during an overnight stay in Pittsburgh in 1861.
Lincoln was president-elect, en route to Washington for his inauguration, when he spent Valentine's Day at the Monongahela House Hotel. The hotel renamed his room in his honor -- it had previously been named after an earlier guest, the Prince of Wales -- and used it only for the most distinguished visitors.
Allegheny County acquired the bed when the hotel was torn down in 1935. But when Dr. Brad Hoch, a Gettysburg pediatrician, tried to find it eight years ago no one with the county knew where it was.
Workers trying to fix a water leak found what could be the bed, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. It is being kept in the storage shed under police guard while officials summon experts to determine if it is indeed the bed Lincoln slept in.