Lincoln Highway Murals

The City of Crest Hill is one of nearly 50 communities in Illinois that is a part of the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. Roughly 2 miles of the Lincoln Highway (a.k.a. Route 30) stretches through the center of Crest Hill. Located just north of Joliet and minutes from Interstates 55 and 80, Crest Hill is a family-friendly city with a deep sense of community.

Attractive Location


Crest Hill is attracting both new industry and diverse populations seeking to put down roots. Residents experience the best of two worlds; a small town atmosphere with easy access to big-city conveniences:
  • Dining
  • Entertainment
  • Recreation
  • Shopping

Murals


To commemorate its part of the historic Lincoln Highway, the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition and Crest Hill installed two decorative and informative murals.

Lincoln Highway Mural


One mural, located at 1693 Plainfield Road (Lincoln Highway), tells the story of how the U.S. Army utilized the Lincoln Highway. In 1919, the U.S. Army began an epic journey full of challenges; a transcontinental trek traveling on the Lincoln Highway, testing the mobility of military transports traveling long distances. Vehicles often got stuck in the mud, slipped off the road into ditches, and some were even blow over cliffs. Lieutenant Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower was the military observer, keeping a daily log of the trip. Eisenhower wrote: "we were not sure it could be accomplished at all. Nothing of the sort had ever been attempted."

Women on the Lincoln Highway


The second Lincoln Highway mural in Crest Hill is located at 1701 Larkin Avenue on the face of a building at the northwest corner of Plainfield Road and Larkin Avenue. This mural tells the exciting national Lincoln Highway story of "Women on the Lincoln Highway," featuring Anita King and Alice Ramsey.

Each woman used her excellent driving skills to make historic, record setting trips across the country on the early Lincoln Highway. These road trips and public appearances were designed for promoting car manufacturing companies, Hollywood studios and the new highway. Exquisite sepia tones in the painting bring the highly detailed portraits of the women and their cars to life for the view.

Additional Information


For more information about the murals in Crest Hill and the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition, please visit the website here.
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