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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Franklin Grove

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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.

The mural vividly pays homage to The Lincoln Highway Association’s first Field Secretary, Henry C. Ostermann. He traveled the highway coast-to-coast, at least twice a year meeting with Association consuls in support of the highway. Depicted on the mural in full color and detail is an image of a Lincoln Highway pin. As an avid promoter of the Lincoln Highway, nearly 100 years ago Ostermann sold the very first pins in support of the new road to a gathering in Franklin Grove’s historic H.I. Lincoln Building. The H. I. Lincoln Building is also painted into the mural and still stands today as the Lincoln Highway Association’s National Headquarters.

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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