National Road Interpretive Center Adds Mural to Vandalia Dowtown

The National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia, Illinois is happy to share the painting of a new mural in Downtown Vandalia.  The mural will be on the corner of 6th street and Gallatin on the side of the Fastenal building.

A group called the Wall Dogs will be in town starting Thursday, June 22, 2017 to paint a Transportation Themed Mural.

Why a transportation themed mural?

Vandalia was on the main line of the Illinois Central Railroad that crossed through the Vandalia Depot in the 1920s.

The IL Central started coming through Vandalia in 1854, adding the St.Louis to Vandalia to Terre Haute West route in 1867.  The Illinois Central Rail Road would ultimately become the Pennsylvania railroad.

The slogan chosen for the train crossing mural is “Nation’s Crossroads” which is the slogan that has been used in Vandalia for many years and featured on many of the high school graduate’s class rings.

Who are the Wall Dogs?

If you’ve ever been traveling and seen ads on the sides of barns they were most likely put on buildings by the wall dogs.  These men were hired to paint ads and because they painted on walls and worked so hard were termed Wall Dogs.

Stop by the corner of 6th Street and Gallatin in Vandalia and see the new mural being painted which should be completed in a short time.


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Treasures on the Trail – June 4, 2016

Join us in Vandalia, Illinois on June 4, 2016 for Treasures on the Trail.

Bring your treasures to sell at the MALL OF TREASURES on Saturday June 4 from 8am to 4pm.  The Mall is also known as the parking lot around Vandalia City Hall.  A stall will be 9’x17′ for $10.  Make your reservations at the National Interpretive Center, 106 S. 5th St. by May 20.  Please pay when making your reservation.  NO CLOTHING FOR SALE PLEASE!

 

The Vandalia Down Town Busineses will have a Sidewalk Sale the same day

The Historical Society will be selling souvenirs at Illinois’ Oldest Capitol Building.

The Fayette County Museum will have Goodies and Treasures in the Garden.

Our Historical Treasures (building) will also be open for tours –

Illinois Oldest Capitol Building – 315 W. Gallatin St.

Fayette County Museum – 301 W. Main St.

National Road Interpretive Center – 106 S. 5th St.

Little Brick House (Example of 1860’s home) – 626 W. St. Clair St.

 

Maps for tours of the city may be obtained from the National Road Intrepetive Center

Downtown Restaurants – Lucky’s, Capitol View, Copper Penny, and JJ’s. (other restaurants available on the North side of town)

COME SPEND THE DAY OR THE WEEKEND WITH US IN HISTORIC VANDALIA, ILLINOIS!

Questions, Call 618-283-9380 – 10am – 4pm.


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WWII & Vietnam War Re-Enactment

When: October 10, 2015
Where: Sonnoman Park, Vandalia, IL


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Lincoln Heritage Festival

When: July 11-12, 2015
Where: Rogier and Mark Greer Parks, Vandalia, IL – 11am – 4pm


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Law Dogs Gathering

When: June 20-21, 2015

More information Coming Soon!


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Relay for Life

When: June 6, 2015
Where: Rogier Park, Vandalia, IL – 11am – 11pm

Click Here to view the Relay for Life Fayette County Information

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight against cancer! Please join us!


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Armed Forces Tribute

When: May 16, 2015


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Tourism Week

When: May 2-8, 2015


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American Legion Auxilary Spring Bazaar

When: April 18, 2015


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