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The Centerburg Historical Mural in Photos

The Historical Mural in Centerburg, Ohio features scenes of the community during four different time periods.

I’m a sucker for public art. I love artsy sculptures, roadside attractions and murals painted on the sides of buildings. Public art is such a wonderful way to spruce up a town and breathe new life into a community. And as I learned in Bucyrus last year, there’s often more to a mural than a pretty picture. The murals often symbolize something important or tell the history of the community.

I also enjoy traveling with those that understand my appreciation. Seeking out the murals was not on my agenda when I passed through Centerburg with Laura from Far Flung Travels, but she assured me we had 10- minutes to spare before our next appointment. Plenty of time to snap a few photos and read the plaques that shared a brief history of the town. How could I resist?

You'll find the Centerburg Historical Mural right downtown.

The Centerburg Historical Mural, dedicated in November 2013, was painted by local artist Rick Van Horn. The mural, which faces a public parking lot, showcase four scenes depicting life from 1890 to 1930 in Centerburg.

Centerburg Historical Mural- The first scene in the mural depicts the scene in 1890.

In the late 1800’s, Centerburg was popular livery stop for stage coaches traveling to the state capital. The town had two hotels and a restaurant. The two gentleman crossing the street are based on Wilbur and Orrville Wright.

Centerburg Historical Mural- The second scene in the mural depicts the railroad in 1910.

The arrival of the railroad boosted the economy in Centerburg. Primarily passenger and some freight trains, the tracks were active until the 1970’s. Today the tracks are part of the Heart of Ohio bike trail.

Centerburg Historical Mural- The third portion of the mural depicts life in Centerburg in the 1920's.

The unusual traffic light was the only traffic light in town for a number of years. According to the information plaque, the unusual shape and style is remembered fondly by many.

Centerburg Historical Mural- the final scene in the mural depicts the 1930's gas station that stood where the public parking lot now stands.

The final mural shows the filling station where menfolk would gather to discuss their days. The gas station is long gone and the lot where it once stood is the location where the mural is today.

Interested in learning about more Ohio attractions? Check out my expanding Ohio bucket list for ideas- and don’t forget to check out the comments. You’ll have more ideas than you’ll know what to do with.

Elizabeth Ferree

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

Oh I love this. The artist is amazing I love their artwork and the history it tells. Almost makes you think you are watching a movie. This reminds me of Portsmouth, Ohio. I love that they do this now to keep all the graffiti off it. They did this in 29 Palms, CA and it looked really nice. I haven't been to many towns that have done this, glad Ohio still is.


Sunday 27th of September 2015

I can't help but stop to check out the murals when I see them. The floodwall murals in Portsmouth are amazing! They looked like you could just step right into the scene.


Friday 18th of September 2015

What a fascinating project! I love it when places honor their history & heritage.

Thank you for joining us for Photo Friday this week!


Friday 18th of September 2015

I love the murals. I'm a sucker for public art, too! I'm also a homeschooling mom of teens. We tried full-time travel for a year or so, but my kids just didn't enjoy it. They missed their friends and their rooms, so we put that dream on hold for a while.


Friday 18th of September 2015

Such an educational mural, and lovely to look at too!


Friday 18th of September 2015

What lovely artwork! I like seeing murals of 'the olden days'. It's a great way to remember how far we have come in many ways, Protection Status
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