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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Park Forest


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 full color mural commemorates the proclamation of the route and the naming of the first coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway. Designed with a dramatic portrait of Abraham Lincoln and strikingly detailed parchment scrolls, along with the red, white and blue color pallet, this mural evokes a strong sense of patriotic pride. As a way to rally Americans from all walks of life for support of improved roads, it was decided the highway would be dedicated to the martyred President Abraham Lincoln. The proclamation declared that the quest to establish a paved highway was everyone’s patriotic duty and that it would serve as a lasting memorial.

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

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