.Route 66 history in Pontiac dates back to the earliest days of the "Mother Road." From the road's inception in 1926, through its decommissioning in the 1980s, Pontiac has been blessed with a number of famous Route 66 icons. There have been four different alignments of Route 66 as it made its way through town. Today there are six wayside exhibits in Pontiac, and each...
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Mural Tour, Pontiac, Illinois.
Pontiac currently has over 20 outdoor murals which depict its local commercial, cultural, and political history.
The largest mural is the Route 66 shield found on the back of the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum.18 murals were painted by the Walldogs, a collection of sign painters and muralists who came to town in...
Route 66 Shield Mural - Designed and painted by Diaz Sign Art of Pontiac, IL.
Location: The outside back wall of the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum. 110 West Howard Street.The Route 66 Shield Mural is our oldest mural. It was painted in 2006 by the wonderful artists at Diaz Sign Art. This shield is...
Art Cars in Pontiac, Illinois.
In the downtown Pontiac shopping district, there are 15 miniature cars. These Art Cars have been decorated in a variety of styles by our local artists and art groups.
There are 10 '57 Chevys and 5 pickup trucks.
The Pontiac Art Cars are a seasonal display. They go into storage for the winter.
Livingston County Civil War Memorial.
The Livingston County Civil War Memorial was placed in 1902.
In Memory Of All Soldiers and Sailors Of Livingston County.
The memorial has a larger than life statue of a uniformed Union soldier, standing at ease holding his rifle in both hands and the butt of it resting on the ground.
Young Mr. Lincoln - by Rick Harney
Dedicated: June 23, 2006.
Location: South side of the Livingston County courthouse square, Pontiac, IL.
The life-size statue depicts Mr. Lincoln as the young lawyer who came to Pontiac many times to try cases in the circuit court.
Seasons of Life - by Barry Tinsley
Location: Dargan Park, Pontiac. Located at the corner of Madison and Fountain streets.
1998 / 3 sculptures 25 feet tall / Steel plates.
The three metal figures are the vision of John and Nancy Dargan.The three structures symbolize the human "changes" or "seasons" of growth during our lives. Each statue represents a...
Historic Route 66U.S. Route 66 is the Main Street of America or the Mother Road. It was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma,...
2017 Day Trip: Batavia, Illinois / Public Art on William J. Donovan Bridge on Wilson Street, Batavia.Posted by Jyoti Srivastava
Public Art on William J. Donovan Bridge, aka Wilson Street Bridge.
William J. Donovan bridge is the only bridge in Batavia over Fox River. The current Wilson Street Bridge, or Donovan Bridge, is the 3rd generation of the bridge and was built between 2007 and 2008. The bridge it replaced stood since 1911, which replaced the original...