A classic story of the historic streetcar’s competition with the automobile is told on this mural. Trolleys were once the reliable and popular mode of transportation until the newly paved Lincoln Highway offered motorists independence with convenience and accessibility to reach any destination via automobile. The New Lenox trolley was provided during that era by the Joliet Traction Company.
This richly toned and detailed painting highlights the trolley car going along the track, as an automobile passes it by. The original photograph that was used for the mural’s
subject was provided after much research by Miss Diane Batson, of the New Lenox Area
Historical Society. Although the Village tracks are long gone, the street and the viaduct
shown in the mural still exist today.