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Sterling Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural

Sterling, IL - Whiteside County
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  • 424 Locust St
  • Sterling, IL, 61081
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The Sterling Lincoln Highway Mural is on the Grummert’s Hardware building located at 424 Locust Street. This mural is distinctive; it is the only one in the series to be made up of five smaller murals grouped together forming a collection of early Lincoln Highway era advertisements for the NBC national radio program, The Lincoln Highway Radio Show. This popular radio drama ran from 1940 to 1942, on 80 stations, using the famed highway as the setting for thrilling tales of life along the coast-to-coast route. Shinola Shoe Polish sponsored the weekly, featuring many Hollywood celebrities of that time period as guest stars. Visitors to the Sterling display will take a “step back in time” as they enjoy the murals. Each one is expertly painted from authentic vintage posters promoting the historic Lincoln Highway radio show.

This collection of large scale works of public art can be found along the 179-mile Illinois Byway corridor, in over two dozen communities.

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from Iowa
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~90 miles from Iowa City, Iowa 
~200 miles from Des Moines 

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~75 miles from Rockford, Illinois 
~140 miles from Chicago 

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