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Washington in Franklin County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The "Welcome to Washington" Mural

 
 
The "Welcome to Washington" Mural Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), October 6, 2018
1. The "Welcome to Washington" Mural Marker
Inscription.  
The mural turns the corner to face viewers approaching the Riverfront Park.

The evening sky turns to night.

The 1900's to the present are illustrated in the letters of "Missouri".

M - In 1907, Roberts, Johnson, and Rand Shoe Company provided employment for many of Washington's residents. This company produced over 75,000 shoes for servicemen during the war.

I - After WW1, soldiers were greeted at the railroad station by more that 8,000 attendees. This "Homecoming" became an annual event with parades, dances and celebrations to honor servicemen.

S - The iconic Washington Bridge connected communities. A toll was charged for pedestrians and motorized vehicles.

S - A girl holds a prize winning pig, representing the Washington Fair; an outstanding summer event hosted by Washington for decades.

O - The Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia Schools' educational systems are proudly portrayed by sports and marching band figures.

U - The Farmers' Market represents Washington's commitment to revitalization, community, and agriculture.

R - The
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German heritage of the town is depicted through Washington's city seal and the official seal of Marbach, Germany; Washington's sister city.

I - The last letter brings us to the present with a cyclist on the Riverfront Trail.

A ferris wheel illuminated in the night sky and the new bridge represent the future.

Designed and Executed by Kimberly Alsop
 
Erected by Arts Council of Washington.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureBridges & ViaductsEducationWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
 
Location. 38° 33.667′ N, 91° 0.778′ W. Marker is in Washington, Missouri, in Franklin County. Marker is on Elm Street north of West Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 231 West Main Street, Washington MO 63090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Downtown Washington Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); John C. S. Foss Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific House (within shouting distance of this marker); Schmidt Jewelry Store (within shouting distance
The "Welcome to Washington" Mural Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), October 6, 2018
2. The "Welcome to Washington" Mural Marker
of this marker); Wolf Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Mense Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Herkstroeter Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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