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McLean Route 66 Mural and Bench

In August 2016 the nonprofit community group CORE of McLean commissioned local artists to paint a mural commemorating Wesley “Shorty” Ruble (1924–2008), a beloved McLean barber for more than 50 years. The artists also built and painted the bench, which features cutouts of a man, child, and dog waiting patiently for their turn with the barber and providing a great photo opportunity! In addition, on the front of the same historic building, the artists refreshed some of the painting that had been done in the 1930s for a recreation club (pool hall) and Holohan’s Drug Store. A must-see for Route 66 and local history buffs alike!

Corner of Morgan and Hamilton Streets
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