The Genoa mural depicts another aspect of the growing “Good Roads Movement”. Road dragging contests – “sleds” hitched to a team of horses and dragged along the road, packing and smoothing the road surface, were held as part of a campaign to improve Illinois Highways. As transportation developed, communities like Genoa, that had once been linked to major markets by railroads began to realize the need for a good hard road system. The Lincoln Highway was needed to travel to other communities for goods, services and entertainment.
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