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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Oswego

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The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition has produced a series of 35 Interpretive Murals that are installed along the Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway and its corridor in over two dozen communities. Each mural depicts the history, heritage and events of the highway and its impact on American travel.

A remarkable story is told on this mural. The Boy Scouts of America were chosen by the Lincoln Highway Association, to simultaneously place the Lincoln Highway concrete markers across the nation in 1928. With a very well thought out plan, volunteer Boy Scout troops installed the iconic markers from coast-to-coast all in one day. It is most appropriate to tell this story in Oswego, with their community being so actively involved in Scouting for over sixty years. This was only the second mural in the collection to be produced with a vertical design, making a very striking statement. The mural’s color pallet echoes the patriotic feel of the story, with great care and attention taken to paint the intricate images.

For more information about the Illinois Lincoln Highway and surrounding area, visit the Northern Illinois Tourism website at www.visitnorthernillinois.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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