McDonough County’s Largest Mural

At nearly 15 feet high and stretching over 60 feet long, McDonough County’s Largest Mural stands in a whimsy of colorful display on the north side of The Old Dairy  just off Macomb’s Historic Courthouse Square. Working in conjunction with the Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Old Dairy and the Macomb office of Downtown Development, WIU professor of art Bill Howard along with retired WIU art professor Mike Mahoney created a dazzling montage that pays tribute to both the history of Macomb and The Old Dairy.

Along with vintage pop culture images relating to food, diners and dairy products, the mural also features representations of Macomb‘s old water tower and the iconic “EAT” sign from the town’s beloved and now vanished Maid Rite cafe in addition to notable natives such as “Big” Al Sears, Gen. Alexander Macomb, Com. Thomas MacDonough and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Magie.

Other murals from Macomb Beautiful Assoc., Sports Corner and Build A Better Block are now in the planning phases to be revealed in 2021 and 2022.