Exceptional work was done when painting the mural. The images were taken from a historical photo that was provided by the City of Batavia. The artist vividly brings the 1900s downtown Batavia streetscape to life, with extraordinary detail. The church and the building painted in the mural are still in existence today, while the man in the mural’s foreground is a personal friend of the artist.
Depicting a scene filled with activity, the mural tells the story of the streetcars that formerly operated along Batavia Avenue. The once popular use of local streetcars declined with the onset of improved
roads like the Lincoln Highway. As traveling by car became a way of life creating a
new form of independence, the automobile became the preferred mode of transportation.