The Historic Murals of Exeter
I am addicted to historic murals. I can't help it. They always draw me in for a closer look. Sometimes I even learn something from them.
Murals often depict historical figures and significant events for a particular community. Murals usually feature a historic marker or plaque and they usually have an interesting story.
Such was the case recently when I stumbled across the small central valley town of Exeter, California.
Exeter sits at the base of the Sierra-Nevada mountains about a half hour southwest of Sequoia National Park. It lies amidst some of California's best agricultural soil and is flanked by giant groves of citrus and olives in every direction. On with the show...
The mural below is called Golden Harvest.
Like the Coastal Chumash people, an abundance of oak trees on the valley floor led the Yokuts to utilize acorns for food. I can still remember learning how to grind and blanch them in boiling water in science class as a child. The Yokuts would make many nutritious foods with them after leaching out the toxins.
The mural below celebrates an incredible 50 years of volunteerism and service by local Lion John Schultz.
Quite a few of the murals we saw incorporate native themes and images. The image below shows two local Watchumna children, Leta and Hawtoy. Real local figures. These children attended local schools. Leta was such a good student that in her first year of study she completed two years of study.
Well, that's all of the murals I have images of today... but I am driving back to Exeter again real soon. I will collect and post more again soon. Have a wonderful week!