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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Matteson


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 location is particularly unique as the mural is displayed on the actual building that appears in the painting, the Mahler Service Station.The expertly painted mural highlights the Mahler family’s auto garage that has served Matteson for over 100 years. The family business was there to meet the needs of the increasingly mobile public, an essential element in the growth of Matteson and development of the use of better roadways. A special note: This mural is the first to depict a three dimensional element which contributes greatly to the gorgeous visual of a vintage photograph. The photo mounting corners are cut from a foam material and adhered to the painting. 

For more information about the Illinois Lincoln Highway and the surrounding area, please visit the Chicago Southland CVB  And be sure to visit for additional information about the other murals along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

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