Before billboards, radio, and TV were used to spread advertisements, people often used the sides of barns and other buildings to paint their messages. Many of the paintings are still visible, and you can see the old-fashioned ads as you travel the country. Some are weatherworn while others are freshly repainted. The retouched artwork is the result of efforts made by the Walldogs, a group of highly skilled artists from around the world.
Over 200 Walldogs meet annually in Kewanee to preserve the art form and rejuvenate–literally and figuratively–a community spirit. The Walldogs spend four days hand painting and restoring the murals. The meet is a cause for celebration as it helped Kewanee win Rand McNally’s “Best Small Town in America” title in an online poll.
Encounter a welcoming spirit any time of the year and tour 15 hand-painted murals illustrating Kewanee’s heritage for a glimpse of the unique: