Virden, IL Landmarks
Battle of Virden Monument
The 1898 Battle of Virden, the tragic result of local coal miners fighting for worker’s rights, is memorialized on the northeast side town square by a large bronze mural created by sculptor David Seagraves of Elizabeth, IL. Seagraves, an award-winning artist, depicts the October 12, 1898 battle in which 12 people were killed. Eight of the dead were miners from towns surrounding Virden who had come to support the local miners. The base relief monument, which also features miner’s right activist Mother Jones, was dedicated on October 28, 2006. Virden Square is located just off of IL Rte. 4 in the center of town.
War Monument-Virden Cemetery
A monument to the veterans of the Civil and Spanish/American wars, this bronze casting is the work of Casper Buberl. Buberl was a prolific sculptor whose work is found at Gettysburg and many other locations throughout America. The monument was dedicated as part of Virden’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1902.
History of Virden Mural
On August 27, 2004, the citizens of Virden dedicated a mural depicting the history of Virden. The mural created by Greenville, IL artist John Hubbell graces the side of the Sav-Mor building on IL Route 4 north on the town square. The 19 by 50 foot mural shows the history of Virden with an emphasis on the importance of transportation including railroads and Historic Route 66. Virden Square is located just off of IL Rte. 4 in the center of town.
Virden Post Office Mural
During the Great Depression the United States government commissioned works of art in public buildings across the nation. In 1939, the Virden Post Office was the recipient of one of the murals done by renowned illustrator and author James Daugherty. The artist’s depiction of rural Midwestern life is considered one of his best works. Virden Square is located just off of IL Rte. 4 in the center of town.