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Living history pays a visit to Frankfort

Updated: January 10, 2013 6:03AM



Bernard Queneau, 100, recently visited Frankfort, where he admired a mural that depicts himself as an Eagle Scout in 1928.

While an Eagle Scout, Queneau traveled across the United States to promote the creation of Lincoln Highway, the first highway to cross the country. Queneau, then 16 years old, is depicted in the mural sitting on the fender of a 1928 REO Speedwagon truck.

Queneau and his wife, Esther, a member of the Lincoln Highway Coalition, stopped at the mural to commemorate the trip, which Queneau won through a Boy Scouts essay contest.

In December 2011, the village and the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition installed an interpretive mural commissioned with grant funding from the ILHC.

The mural, which is at 11008 W. Lincoln Highway, was created by artist Jay Allen and depicts the actual Eagle Scouts and Scout Masters who made the nationwide tour in 1928.

“The visit by Bernard Queneau brings history alive,” Mayor Jim Holland said. “So many of us take roads and highways for granted. Bernard’s visit reminds us that it was not that long ago that there was no highway across the United States.

“His visit also reminds us that individuals can make a significant impact on history even within their own lifetimes. Because of the efforts of Bernard and other service- minded people like him, we are today able to drive anywhere in the United States.”

Staff reports



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