Downtown Mural to Depict Logging History

This article appeared in The Issaquah Press, September 24, 1997

A mural depicting the history of logging in the Issaquah area could be painted and unveiled before this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

The $5,500 mural, which received City Council approval last week, is being funded by the Municipal Arts Fund. The historical account will be portrayed on the north wall of A Better Bath & Kitchen store on East Sunset Way.

Weather permitting, artist Larry Kangas will have the mural ready to show to visitors by the annual Salmon Days weekend Oct. 4-5. Kangas was one of the artists on the Darigold mural that was painted just prior to the 1995 festival.

“It would be a history in itself, a reminder of our roots,” said Nancy Horrocks, member of the Mural Task Force.

The three-part mural will depict in the foreground a locally used classic logging engine. In the background will be a shingle mill – a picture of either the Highpoint Mill or one that was at the end of Sunset Way near Newport. The right side of the mural will be the picture of a steam donkey working on a hillside with steam rising from it.

This Article © 1997 Issaquah Press. Used by permission