One of the best parts of travel is the opportunity to see unexpected things. Finding public art, historical landmarks or murals along floodwalls is always a highlight. If you are traveling through Simpson County, Kentucky off I-65 at Exit 2, you will find eight detailed, realistic murals painted on a 200-foot long highway retaining wall right beside the Simpson County Tourism Office & Welcome Center.
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These life-size murals show the history of Simpson County over the past 200 years. You can follow the theme of how transportation has changed from horse-drawn carriages to train locomotives, mules, farm wagons, automobiles, pickup trucks, school buses, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles.
Location: 81 Steel Road (Just off I-65 at Exit 2)
Start at one end and move chronologically through the seasons from winter to fall.
- Mural 1: “Duel at sunrise” 1819-1850
- Mural 2: War clouds” 1850-1875
- Mural 2A: “Frontier Portraits”
- Mural 3: “Bringing in the sheaves” 1875-1900
- Mural 4: High Noon – The Courthouse” 1900-1925
- Mural 5: Mule Day Afternoon” 1925-1950
- Mural 6: “School Days, School Days” 1950-2000
- Mural 7: “Drive-time” 1950-2000
- Mural 8: “Riding off into the Sunset” 2000 and Beyond
Thanks to Ritchie Hale for taking the pictures and sharing this great place to enjoy public art!
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