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New mural to be unveiled Sunday in Elkhart

A new Route 66-themed mural in downtown Elkhart, Illinois, will be unveiled Sunday during a weekend that includes the 11th annual Car Cruise-In at The Mill in nearby Lincoln, Illinois.

Here’s more information about the mural from a news release:

According to the Elkhart Historical Society, “the colorful hand-painted mural measuring 36 feet long by 8 feet high depicts historic figures of the village and The Mother Road highlighted by the Route 66 shield and classic vintage cars.” The mural is located on the side wall of Horsefeathers on Latham Street in downtown Elkhart, facing Route 66. The mural was funded in part through an Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway grant.

Here are recent photos of the mural being assembled:

The Cruise-In in Lincoln will offer live music, a 50/50 drawing and free pizza. The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County and the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club are sponsoring the event.

More from the news release:

“This will be the first year that the Mill will be open as a museum during this event,” said Geoff Ladd, of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County. “The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has always been fantastic and totally makes this event possible, and has been doing so for the entire eleven years we have been restoring The Mill.”
“I also want to thank our musicians performing this year and from past years at Mill fund-raising events. Ryan Parcelle is returning after his excellent debut performance at the motorcycle show in September, and Stan Robinson & Lynn Ruby (with Jeff Newman) are returning to the Mill after their awesome performance at the 2016 motorcycle show.” Parcelle is working on a studio recording of his original music, and Stan & Lynn are long-time members of the band Tapestry from Jacksonville.

(Photos courtesy of Geoff Ladd of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway)

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One thought on “New mural to be unveiled Sunday in Elkhart

  1. DynoDave

    Nice! I look forward to stopping and seeing it the next time I’m through.

    Would love to make the Cruise-In, but have a color tour here in Michigan that weekend.

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