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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - University Park


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.

A Lincoln Highway story of risk and adventure is brought to life with the mural’s portrait of the Van Buren sisters. Each sister and her motorcycle are painted with astonishingly intricate detail by the artist and designed for an “up close” view from visitors. Due to the mural’s location, this is the only mural out of the series to be installed at ground level. The mural’s unique shape, along with the painting style, creates three dimensional like images, making the women appear to be moving right out of the mural. Adeline and Augusta set out to break the stereotype surrounding women of their day, by riding motorcycles 3,330 miles across America on the Lincoln Highway route. The sisters not only faced challenges of the road, but social prejudices and were even arrested for “wearing men’s clothing” as a criminal charge.

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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