I wish I had known about Exeter before I stumbled upon it. A small town of 10,334 as of the 2010 census on Route 65, I stopped there just before taking Route 198 into Sequoia National Park. Of course, I had to do a quick drive around town and take a look, and quickly found some of these beautiful murals below. I didn’t realize until later, when I went home and looked up the town, that there are currently 31 outdoor murals in the town. The town has been installing murals for over 20 years. If I’m back in the neighborhood, I’d research the murals beforehand. A map of the murals is available on the Exeter Chamber of Commerce website.
This is Tracks of Time, by Michael Stanford, Yuri Somov and Matt Hemsworth, installed in 2001. It depicts the Visalia Electric Railroad in 1915 and 1945.
This large mural is one of Exeter’s earliest, created in 1996. Entitled Orange Harvest, by Colleen Mitchell-Veyna and Morgan McCall, the scene shows orange pickers in the 1930s.
I love old labels. This mural shows the Yokohl Brand. Created by Garby Kerby in 2002, the label was made with a process called stone lithography. It was a very expensive method, and was already defunct by the late 1920s.
This next mural, Golden Harvest by Claudia Fletcher, was painted in 2000 and shows wheat harvesting around 1915.
You can also check out the Mural Gallery and Gift Shot, located on 204 E Pine St., Exeter, CA 93211.
Tours of the murals are available, I would check out the Chamber of Commerce website for more details.