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  1. Pontiac, Illinois: Benson's Appliance Store Wall Mural

    Benson's Appliance has a fundamental business philosophy: "We're happy when our customer is happy," at every step of the way: Sales, Installation and Service. With three appliance store locations to serve customers, one on Brandywine in Peoria, one in Pekin and one in Bloomington, Benson's...
  2. First National Bank of Dwight, Illinois...

    Architect Frank Lloyd Wright engineered the building of this bank which was constructed in 1905. It originally housed the real estate office and bank of Frank L. Smith, a prominent local citizen, U.S. Congressman and Senator. It is the only one of the three banks Wright designed still standing...
  3. Backstreet Rendezvous with a Plumb...

    Edward Holcomb Plumb (June 6, 1907, Streator, Illinois – April 18, 1958, Los Angeles, California) (also credited as Edward Plumb and Ed Plumb) was a film composer best known for his work at Walt Disney Studios. He served as musical director of Fantasia and orchestrated and co-composed the score...
  4. "Marjorie 115 N." = Streator, Illinois Sweethearts Walldog Mural

    "Marjorie 115 N." = Sweethearts Mural Location: Streator, IL Walldog Mural: WWII Canteen (2018) ...Zoom in on the photo and you'll see the gal's address! _ Also....The Roamer Cruise Night & Car Show! The largest car show south of Chicago, with over 500 cars and over 18,000 spectators this...
  5. The Let Freedom Ring Garden

    The "Let Freedom Ring" Garden The setting for this shot is a hop, skip and a jump from where we live in Kankakee. The Let Freedom Ring Garden sits on the grounds of the Kankakee County Historical Museum, across the drive from the Column Garden. Beginning in the circular border around its...
  6. Walldog Murals of Streator, Illinois | The Streator Baseball Mural

    Streator is very much a baseball town. Streator had a semi-pro baseball team called the Streator Reds. The Streator Reds have a baseball history dating to the 1880s, having played major league teams in exhibition games. In 1908, The Streator Reds beat the World Champion Chicago Cubs in an...
  7. The Kankakee River Valley | Kankakee, Illinois

    The Kankakee River takes a leisurely path from its origin to a point near Wilmington, Illinois, where it joins the DesPlaines River to form the Illinois River. It has long been acclaimed as one of the cleanest rivers in the Midwest. The Kankakee River is one of the few natural and unspoiled...
  8. The Murals of Pontiac, Illinois | Tradition of Farming

    Story Behind the Mural Farming has always been the backbone of the town of Pontiac, and all the surrounding towns in Livingston County. Every Labor Day week Pontiac hosts the Central States Threshermen's Reunion. The Reunion has been an annual event since 1949. This mural celebrates the...
  9. The Murals of Pontiac, Illinois | RCA Victor

    Story Behind the Mural This traditional design is an example of the Walldogs' efforts to restore classic outdoor wall advertising designs throughout the world. Many of these earlier murals, some over a century old, can still be found as "ghost signs" - outdoor advertising signs which are faded...
  10. The Murals of Pontiac, Illinois | Route 66 Shield Mural

    The Story Behind the Mural The Route 66 Shield Mural is the oldest mural in Pontiac, IL. It was painted in 2006 by the wonderful artists at Diaz Sign Art. This shield is located on the outside, back wall of the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum. The bricks you see in front of the mural are...
  11. The Murals of Pontiac, Illinois | Chautauqua Assembly

    Story Behind the Mural: The Chautauqua institution began in the summer of 1874 at Fair Point on Lake Chautauqua, NY. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists of the day. The immediate...
  12. The Face of Days Gone By...

    The Face of Days Gone By... Even though the original Dodge Challenger was first introduced in 1970, when the muscle car era started its decline, it left an enormous mark on the industry. The classic Challenger was discontinued in 1974, and ever since, muscle car fans were begging for its...
  13. Barn Stormer

    “You know, farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower Many farmers feel that farming is more than a career. It is a calling. Lifelong farmers live and work following a set of principles commonly known as natural...
  14. Heritage Park Mural

    Dedicated in 2017, the Heritage Park Mural is the largest mural in Streator. This piece of art stands three-stories tall. Built by Westclox Studios, this mural took a rather plain wall and made it look incredible. The piece is actually backlit to make it look like lights are on in the building...
  15. Streator Illinois WWII Canteen Monument

    The WWII Canteen Monument honors the spirit of Streator's WWII Canteen. The canteen opened on Nov.26, 1943. During World War II, many of the troop trains came through the Streator Santa Fe station. Local citizens organized the Track side Streator Free Canteen, one of hundreds of canteen across...
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