Lincoln Highway Mural - Rochelle
Funded by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition and installed on May 28th, 2007, this Lincoln Highway mural by artist Jay Allen, highlights the famous writer Emily Price Post's travel across the Lincoln Highway.
Address: Lincoln Hwy & 5th Ave. Rochelle, IL
"In late April 1915 - Not yet famous for her writings on etiquette - Emily Price Post made a decision to travel America's roads across the new Lincoln Highway and write about it for Collier's Magazine. Starting out from Grammercy Park in New York City, Ms. Post was accompanied by her son, Edwin (Ned) and her cousin, Alice Beadleston. The three travelers set out for San Francisco in a custom-made automobile - and 45 days later they arrived - though the car had to be railed - freighted to San Francisco from Arizona after a mechanical breakdown.
On May 6, 1915, Emily's group became stuck in 'a sea of mud' just outside of Rochelle Illinois after a very heavy Spring rainfall. The group took rooms in the old Collier Inn for the next two days and discovered the joys of a small Midwestern hotel. Said Ms. Post, "It seemed to us as though we had found a veritable Ritz."