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Murals Make Area History Come Alive

Washington’s history comes alive through its murals, which depict the history and culture of the area. In some towns, every good wall has a mural, and the local citizens feel this is a good way of preserving the past for the future.

Behind every mural stands a cadre of history and art lovers. Choosing a desired scene, finding a wall, assembling artists and getting donations to finance a painting is a true labor of love by a group of hard-working volunteers.

The mural painting season is from April through October. If you are visiting a town at that time, you may see an artist working on a mural.

Toppenish

Toppenish has almost three dozen murals. The town is ablaze with colorful art. Narrated tours are conducted on a horse-drawn trolley, Conestoga wagon or stagecoach every day (except Tuesdays).

The town of Toppenish hosts a Mural-In-A-Day festival each June, when a group of artists gather to sketch and paint a complete mural in one day. This year’s festival will be held June 3.

For more information on narrated tours, mural festivals and other historic points of interest and attractions, contact the Toppenish Chamber of Commerce, (509) 865-3262.

Pacific County

The walls of Pacific County businesses have become the canvases for colorful murals depicting the history of the greater Long Beach Peninsula area. A tour of the murals gives travelers insight into the daily lives of pioneers who settled the area.

A Muralogue brochure directs visitors to the capsules of time, starting in Tokeland, passing through Raymond, Chinook, Seaview, Long Beach and ending at Ocean Park.

For more information on the Muralogue and other points of interest and attractions, call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitor’s Center, (800) 451-2542 or (360) 642-2400.



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