Murals on the Town

The Murals on the Town project is a spectacular outdoor arts project. Using city buildings as its canvas, the community of Huron tells its story through colorful murals, which are easily visible to pedestrians and the passing traffic. The project was designed to improve the streetscape and to highlight the unique features of the City for public enjoyment. Revitalization, beautification and civic pride are all direct results of the mural project. Several murals present a visual history of landmarks and events in Huron's past with new murals added each year. Take a walk along the streets of Huron and see the city's past come to life. Perhaps you'll see some 'murals in the making'.

Capturing South Dakota State Fair Mural

"Capturing the South Dakota State Fair"

34 2nd Street SE
By Gregory Wimmer
in 2004 (24' x 42')

Using actual photographs from the fair, the artist pays tribute to the long tradition both Huron and South Dakota have of hosting one of the largest agricultural fairs in the nation. Whether it is the exhibits, the entertainment, the competition or the food, there is something for everyone at the State Fair.

Sponsors: This mural was made possible through donations from individuals, civic organizations and businesses.

"Seeds of Democracy"

SD State Fairgrounds - 3rd Street SW
By Paul Guivens
in 2004 (8 - 6' x 6' panels)

The political philosophies which shaped the careers of Vice President Humphrey and Senator Pyle are cleverly integrated by the artist into this multi-panel mural which highlights both their roots in Huron and their respective places in political history.

Sponsor: Grant funding through DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)

"The Land Rush"

3rd & Wisconsin SW
By Wei Luan
in 2001 (180' x 18')  Restored by Chandelle Anderson in 2009

With the establishment of an U.S. Land Office at Third & Wisconsin, Huron became the hub for settlement of the James River Valley area. When the doors opened for business at 9am on October 9, 1882, a line of settlers hoping to file claims stretched east to Dakota Avenue and then north to Second Street. Many had arrived the day before and spent long hours waiting in line, while others, arriving on the train that day, had teams of horses waiting for the race to the office. William T. Love, at the forefront, was so intent on being first in the door that he stood with his hand on the knob & when the doors opened for business, he literally fell inside.

Sponsors: In Honor of their parents, Dr. Paul & Carol (Tisdel) Hohm, their children and families, Marilyn, Dr. Richard and Dr. Robert present this mural to the City of Huron.

"Seasons of Sports"

56 3rd Street SE
By Donna Lee Bartholow
in 2002

Four Panels showcasing the wide variety of activiteis enjoyed by sports enthusiasts in South Dakota.
Sponsor: Community Improvement Commission

"Reflections of the Prairie"

340 Dakota Avenue S
By Marilyn DeBoer
in 2000 (8 - 8' x 10' panels)

A multi-panel mural based upon conversations between the artist and her grandmother about homesteading on the prairie.

Sponsors: Ben Franklin Crafts, JC Penny's, Huron Community Improvement Commission, David and Judy O'Donnell, PB Sport's and Walker's Flower Shop.

"Downtown Saturday Night"

304 Dakota Ave South
By Carl Homstad, Decorah, IA
 in 2000

For both business and socializing.  Downtown was the place to be in the mid-1900's.

Sponsor: Farmers & Merchants Bank

"The Heart of Pheasant Territory"

E Highway 14 & Jesey Avenue
By Robin (Wollman) Coalson
in 2002 (77' x 11')

In the late 1800's, South Dakotans took a fancy to the exotic Ringneck Pheasant and began efforts to introduce the game bird into the state. After several attempts failed to naturalize the birds, A.E. Cooper and E.L. Ebbert released a few dozen birds onto their adjoining farms North of Huron in 1909. The combined acreage provided enough cover, water and food for the pheasants to thrive. By 1919, the James River Valley area boasted a population large enough to allow for the first open pheasant hunting season. Thanks to those early efforts, residents and visitors alike enjoy some of the world's finest pheasant hunting.

Sponsors: Carr Farms, Pheasant Country Ltd., Olsen Implement and James River Equipment


"Crossing the James River Bridge"

143 Dakota Ave South
By David Sieh, Sioux Falls, SD 
in 1999

A chronicle of the inaugural trek of the "Pioneer" across the longest and highest trestle west of the Mississippi.

Sponsors:  Schoenhard Ford and Wells Fargo & Company


"Driving the First StakeTerritory"

79 3rd Street SE
By Del Iron Cloud, Rapid City, SD
 in 1999 (70' x 15')

.A historical account of platting the City of Huron.

Sponsors:  Plainsman & Huron CVB


"Early Conveniences"

49 2nd Street SW
By Chandelle Anderson, Huron SD
in 2005

3 large 2nd story window displays depicting life on the prairie. 

Sponsor:   Burnison Plumbing & Heating


"American's Favorite Pastime"

East Highway 14 & Jersey Ave 
By Steve Troy, Huron, SD
in 2005

4 life-size Vignettes on East Highway 14 & Jersey Ave.  American's favorite pastime lives at Memorial Stadium. 

Sponsors: Modern Woodmen of American, Huron Community Foundation, Huron CVB & Huron Park & Recreation Dept. 


"Key To Our Countryside"

258 3rd Street SW
By Del Iron Cloud, Rapid City, SD
in 2006

Our region's native plants & animals with reference key.  Can you tell the widgeon from the walleye?  

Sponsors:  Center For Independence and The Community Improvement Commission.


"The Great Race"

65 Third Street SW
By Steve Troy
 in 1999

A depiction of the 110 mile road trip that took place August 5, 1913.

Sponsor: Prostrollo Motor Sales


"The Evolution of Medicine"

88 Third Street SE
By Paul Guivens, Ft. Collins, CO
 in 2002 

A collage illustrating the advancement of medical services in Huron from the 1880's to present day.

Sponsor:  Virginia Lardinois, local resident


"Night at the Grand"

222 Dakota Ave S
By James Bryant, Huron SD
in 2003

A peek into the elaborate Grand Opera House, entertainment center of Dakota territory.

Sponsor:  The Community Improvement Commission


"Indivisible"

474 Dakota Ave S
By Steve Troy, Huron SD,
in 2002 

Represents our Nation's healing from 9/11.

Sponsors: The Donut Shoppe.


"The Band Shell"

521 Dakota Ave S

Originally By Jim Campbell with a flag and eagle in the early 80's
Steve Troy,
Huron SD, repainted and changed the eagel in 1989
Brian Crabb, 
Huron SD,  repainted in 2017

Sponsors:  Huron Park & Recreation Department.


"The Metal Murals"

240 Dakota Ave S 
By Schaun Schnathorst, Huron SD, 
in 2016

Paintings of historical photos provided by the Dakotaland Museum and replicated on the sides of the building in Kasas Mall Park.

Sponsors: Huron Parks and Recreation, Community Improvement Committee, Leadership H uron class of 2015-16 and Huron Realtors.




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