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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Ashton

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The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition has produced 35 Interpretive Murals along this National Scenic Byway and its corridor in northern Illinois. These depict the history, heritage and events of the highway and impact on American travel.

This mural depicts Ashton’s historic Pavement Jubilee. Towns along the Illinois Lincoln Highway commemorated their formal opening of the paved roadway with merriment, including downtown decorating, parades, speeches, contests, auto races and even street dancing.  Ashton’s special event was a two-day celebration honoring their newly paved section of the Lincoln Highway and the town’s new streetlights.  With the mural’s color palette reminiscent of a vintage photograph and highly detailed images of the street festivities, viewers will be transported back in time to join the 1921 Jubilee. The unique border design of this mural is created to represent and pay tribute to Ashton’s Mills and Petrie Memorial Building.

For more information about the Illinois Lincoln Highway and surrounding area, visit the Blackhawk Waterways CVB website at www.VisitNorthwestIllinois.com. And be sure to visit www.muralsofthelincolnhighway.com for additional information about the other murals along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

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