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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Sauk Village

1 Sauk Trail Plaza, Sauk Village, IL 60411

Public Art

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.

Artful design techniques were used to tell this important story of first establishing the Lincoln Highway route through Illinois. This significant area, known as the Sauk Trail was designated as a section of the original Lincoln Highway, through eastern Illinois, serving as a major road for daily commutes. A Lincoln Highway staff favorite, this mural depicts a playful scene from Sauk Village in the early 1900s. As automobile and livestock “share” the Kalvelage Bridge in route to their destinations. Deep shades of golden tones bring the details to life of the early roadway that was so essential to people from all walks of life.

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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