The Murals

 

20 Years….seems like forever, yet not so long ago, that blank canvases of brick came to life to tell the story of Sterling, Illinois – its earliest settlers, scenes from its past, important moments in history that make Sterling the great community it is today.

Now under the umbrella of Sterling Main Street, the Sterling Mural Society marked a significant milestone in 2015 – 20 years of murals decorating our downtown.  A 20th Mural, “Lincoln in Sterling,” was installed to mark the occasion.

Fundraising activities are ongoing for mural maintenance funds. Donations to the Sterling Mural Society may be mailed in care of Sterling Main Street, P.O. Box 261, Sterling, Illinois.   For more information please contact Sterling Main Street at 815-626-8610.

It really was an exciting time back in 1995, the start of a dream to enhance our fair city by creating big, bold, beautiful historical murals.  Our intent then, which continues today, is to see to completion such projects through public donations, without any tax dollars being spent.

The Sterling Mural Society has chosen some great subjects to depict our history.  A lot of study and research went into each mural selection and final matching of subject with the best location in the downtown area.

These murals proudly reflect our past, one that silently proclaims to local citizens and visitors alike – “Visit us, enjoy us, be a part of us.”

As Sterling continues to reinvent itself for the future, citizens new and old can be proud of this past and use it as a base for continued growth and accomplishment.

John M. Dillon
November 1, 2006

CLICK HERE FOR AN ONLINE STORY MAP SHOWING THE LOCATIONS OF EACH OF THE MURALS FOR A SELF-GUIDED TOUR.

Murals listed below in order of installation.
Photos courtesy of Linnea Koch Photography