Lincoln Highway Mural - Batavia

Funded by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition and installed on August 8th, 2012, this Lincoln Highway mural by artist Jay Allen, highlights the routes overtaking and demise of streetcar transportation due to the automobile.

 

Address: 109 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL

Funded by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition and installed on August 8th, 2012, this Lincoln Highway mural by artist Jay Allen, highlights the routes overtaking and demise of streetcar transportation.    Address: 109 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL

"Improved roads like the Lincoln Highway liberated Americans, leading to the demise of streetcars like this one that once operated in downtown Batavia.  For just 15 cents, people could travel downtown to shop or attend church on a rail line that ran along Batavia Avenue between Geneva and Aurora.  For a time, motorists shared the roadway and drove alongside the embedded tracks, but demand for the streetcar decreased over time, and the automobile became the preferred mode of transportation."

EJ Rodriquez

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