Eldorado, IL 62930
Title of the artwork: “Mining in Illinois”
Artists: William Schwartz
Today’s feature post office is Eldorado, Illinois. I had no idea there was mining activity in Illinois until I viewed the mural inside the lobby of Eldorado post office.
When I think of Illinois, mining is not an industry that comes to mind. When I describe Illinois to people from out-of-state, I often find myself talking about flat land with lots of corn fields. So needless to say I was a bit shocked to see mining as the subject of this mural.
The piece itself is on the darker side, and the subject is from a different time in our nation’s history. I’m unsure what to make of it. I’m drawn to the color and window to past of Eldorado, but I’m also at a loss for words to adequately describe it. What are your thoughts? Please comment below.
“Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service®. All rights reserved.”
- Personal visit on 5/24/2014 by David, Post Office Freak
- (affiliate link) Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal: [Hardcover] Marlene Park, Gerald E. Markowitz
- Living New Deal: (www.livingnewdeal.org)
- (affiliate link) A Guide to Depression Era Art in Illinois Post Offices: [Pamphlet] Mary Emma Thompson, PH. D.