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August 31, 2023
3:00 am - 3:00 am
Explore Murals WIN $$$
Welcome to the Ashland Mural Tour!
Ashland is the “Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin”. With 23 historic murals in the city, we literally have an outdoor museum and history book on our buildings. The majority of the murals are located in an 8-block historic district, but there are a few that are found outside this area including an indoor mural at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, and outdoor mural at the Middle School Football Stadium.Each mural depicts a piece of our past from the Oredock which at one time was the largest steel dock in the world, to the Lumberjack Mural which is majestic in the size of the lumberjacks and the one extraordinary lady who was the cook, doctor, seamstress, housekeeper, the “Jill of all Trade”. Ashland is a friendly, walkable community, and the mural walk is NOT weather dependent. You can view the murals from the comfort your own vehicle, or by foot. The outdoor murals are always available to see.
The Mural Trail was created to incentivize your mural experience. Here is how it works:
– Visit 7 murals and your name will be entered into a drawing to receive $100.00 in cash.
– Check in at 12 murals and enter into a drawing for $200.00 in cash.
– Check in to 18 murals and enter in a drawing of $300.00.The Historic Downtown has all sorts of retail to offer as well as food and beverage. Spend the day in Ashland, where you’ll find yourself, Next to the Water
When the artist first made an appeal to the public for photos of their experiences in the bar she was met with “What! No one took photos of being in a bar in those days!”. So the artist began collecting stories instead. The result is a hybrid of actual people and painted images that tell the stories.
The Lighthouse Mural located on the corner of Chapple Avenue and Main Street was also done in the studio during the winter of 2000 on panels. The mural depicts three Apostle Island lighthouses and their “keepers.”After seeing the mural, Lois Spangle, who lives in Ashland, called the artists and told them that one of the keepers in the mural was her father, Alphonse L. Gustafson. He was keeper at the Devils Island Lighthouse from April 1945 until his death on April 29, 1951. The other people in the mural are Emanual Luick and his family from Sand Island and A.G. Carpenter from Outer Island.