Located on the outside wall of the Dixon Welcome Center, the inspiration for the Dixon Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural was taken from a July 22, 1919 Dixon Evening Telegraph newspaper story that read, "An Army Convoy is traveling the United States" only transcontinental highway, the Lincoln Highway, to test the reliability of military vehicles. A last-minute volunteer for this trip is a young lieutenant colonel named Dwight D. Eisenhower. Stopping in Dixon today, the convoy parked 65 vehicles around the courthouse square while 235 officers and men sat on the lawn and ate a lunch prepared by the citizens of Dixon.
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition has produced a series of 40 Interpretive Murals that are installed along the Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway and its corridor in northern Illinois. Each mural depicts the history, heritage and events of the highway and its impact on the communities.