The Story Behind the Mural
The Allen Candy Company opened for business here in Pontiac before the turn of the century. Harry Allen, its founder, decided to manufacture and sell candy of the highest quality. In order to do this, he determined that he would buy top quality ingredients and hire only the best candy makers he could find. Sometime during the 1890s the building depicted in the mural was built on four lots at the corner of Walnut Street and Wabash Avenue. Allen Candy became famous for their Allen Nougat Bar, and later, the Lotta Bar with its slogan "A Lotta Bar for 5 Cents," became just as famous. The Allen Candy Company patent for ice cream was sold to the Meadow Gold Ice Cream Company.
This mural was designed by Jay Allen of Machesney Park, IL.
200 Block of West Madison Street
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