The City of Murals Whitehall Montana


Whitehall 59759,Butte Area

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When you enter the small community of Whitehall, your attention is immediately drawn to a giant mural on the side of a building at the junction of the two main streets in the town. The 9’ x 28’ mural depicts Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery pulling boats upstream on the Jefferson River. An excerpt from Capt. Lewis’s journal is in the lower corner. As you drive through the town, more of these murals pop into view. Currently, there are ten gracing the sides of buildings in the town—all depicting scenes from the journey of the Corps of Discovery. Two more are planned by summer of 2002. The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce organized the mural project in 1999 funded by over $17,000 in grants and local contributions. The first mural was painted by local residents Kit Mather and Michelle Tebay. The rest were done by many of the local residents who painted the base colors while Mather completed the detail. The wall space and even the paint and materials were donated by the building owners. All of the murals depict actual activities or events that took place in the Jefferson Valley when the Corps passed through the area in 1805 and 1806. Mather did extensive research of the Corps of Discovery journals prior to painting the murals.

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