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The Ashland Murals in Ashland, Wisconsin
Photographed by Rod Ness of Hermantown, Minnesota

Rod Ness

The Ashland Murals are a collection of seven murals (scroll down for more photos) painted by Kelly Meredith and Susan Prentice Martinsen between 1998 and 2005 depicting historical scenes from Ashland, Wisconsin. The city of Ashland is located at the southwest corner of Chequamegon Bay on the southern shore of Lake Superior. The murals include scenes of lighthouse keepers, lumberjacks, early grocers and pioneers who settled the region. One of the most amazing murals (pictured above) stretches half a city block and portrays sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines from different eras. All of the faces are based on real veterans who have lived in and around the Ashland area. This mural is on the west wall of the Bay Theater on Vaughn Avenue. [Map] The Veterans Mural together with the other six are an easy walk from the Ashland Historical Society Museum (509 West Main Street Ashland, WI 54806).


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Lumberjacks on the side of the JC Penney store


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Local jazz musicians at 300 W. Main Street


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History of Aviation at 300 W. Main Street


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Ashland's founders at the National Bank at the corner of Main Street and Ellis Avenue

Photographed by Rod Ness in 3/1/06
Posted on RoadTrip America 3/06

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