When the era of the automobile began, the nation yearned to link the country from east to west. That link was created and became known as the Lincoln Highway, the country’s first transcontinental highway.
Sauk Valley Community College is hosting an exhibit on the Lincoln Highway in the College’s West Mall. The exhibit is on loan to Sauk from the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition (ILHC) and the Dixon Tourism Bureau.
The exhibit features eight different panels with each covering a different aspect of the Lincoln Highway. These aspects include origins, evolution of travel, development, romance of the road, great people and events, geography, and a final tribute.
This historic route runs from the east in Lynwood and leaves the state at the Mississippi River in Fulton. Now known as U.S. 30, Illinois 31, and Illinois 38, the old route still exists. In the communities along the corridor, street names, businesses, and communities, each area celebrates the history of the first coast-to-coast highway and the stories of lives that crossed along the way.
In addition to this exhibit, the ILHC is producing 43 interpretive murals in towns along the Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway and its Northern Illinois corridor. Each mural depicts the history, heritage, and events of the highway, while showing the impact on its communities. The collation is also presenting 16 interpretative Gazebos with each featuring four artist-rendered panels specific to each location.
The ILHC seeks ways to recognize the significance of the Lincoln Highway and make its heritage and history come alive.
The public is encouraged to visit SVCC to enjoy this exhibit. College hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.