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The "Mt. Fuji-like" mural in Chinook's Sargent house


October 14, 2020

This is a current panoramic photo of the west wall of the basement taken from the stairwell in the Sargent House. A former resident said, "You could see the 10-foot wide mural as you came down the basement steps, slightly to the north." That would be about where the white-lined graphic is added. The mural was painted over in the late 1970's.

Readers may recall I'm looking for information about the 'bronc rider mural' in Chinook's old Opera House and the 'rock writing' on the Burkhartsmeyer ranch in the south country. Some time ago a local asked if I knew about the mural in the house built by Gaylord Sargent (at 636 Illinois). When I started asking around I learned many people had heard of the mural but details were sketchy. That mural is the third local art mystery that interests me.

Larry Wisch was married to Gaylord's daughter Shirley (Shirley passed in 2016). Larry told, "When first married (1954) Shirley and I lived for a t...

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