Media Alert




October 9, 2013

A Second Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural For Rochelle, Illinois

The Lincoln Highway Coalition announces the installation of the second Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural for the City of Rochelle, Illinois. The Coalition is honored to have the opportunity to display the 35th and final mural of their series in Rochelle. This mural will be displayed on the wall of the Trans World Plastic Films, Incorporated building located 150 North 15th Street. The installation is scheduled for the afternoon of October 10, 2013, weather permitting. Rochelle’s first mural was part of the original pilot program for the project. The series features 35 large scale hand-painted murals located in over two dozen communities along the 179-mile Illinois byway corridor.

It was only fitting that a second mural in Rochelle would portray historic elements of transportation. With the development of the Lincoln Highway through Rochelle, major transportation arteries crisscrossed helping to make it known as the “Hub City”, an important crossroads for commerce and tourism. The mural is painted in rich sepia tones and designed from a vintage Rochelle postcard that was obtained from Rochelle Tourism, depicting the Chicago and Northwestern Railroads. A striking image of the Rochelle built Partin-Palmer automobile has been expertly added into the mural, along with a full color red, white and blue Lincoln Highway “L” sign.

As the designated Scenic Byway management agency overseeing the Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway, the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition (ILHC) continually seeks ways to recognize the significance of the highway and make the historic stories come to life for visitors.  After receiving a National Scenic Byway Grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism, Attraction Development (TAP) Grant, ILHC has worked with the artist, Jay Allen owner of ShawCraft Sign Company, to create the interpretive mural series. The murals are valued at $10,000 each.  Every mural is a hand painted, unique work of art.  Upon completion, the series will be one of the largest works of public art in the country.

Each community receiving a mural is asked to designate representatives to work with ILHC on the project, as well as secure a building site for the mural, research the stories and images that link their community to Lincoln Highway, and agree to provide maintenance and preservation of the mural.

The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition’s multi-site mural project showcases the history of the early highway, bringing the intriguing stories into people’s lives so they can recognize its impact on American travel and the communities. The creation process is truly a mutual effort of local communities and historians, along with a gifted artist and the ILHC, producing the murals in such a way as to draw the visitor in and share in the Lincoln Highway’s wonderful heritage.  Upon completion of the mural project, a comprehensive piece will be developed highlighting each interpretive mural and the 16 ILHC interpretive gazebos, including a map and description of each.

For more information on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, places to see and things to do, and to download an Illinois Lincoln Highway Visitor Guide, visit:

Media Contact:
Susan Hronik, Program Director

Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
8200 Fairgrounds Road
Belvidere, IL 61008
Phone: 815-547-3854
Fax: 815-547-3740