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Centralia Things to Do: 6 reviews and 19 photos

  Mural on Building near Washington Lawn Park
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  • Mural on Building near Washington Lawn Park - Centralia
      Mural on Building near Washington Lawn Park
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  • Old Centralia Hotel commemorated in Mural - Centralia
      Old Centralia Hotel commemorated in Mural
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  • Old Movie Advertising on Side of Theatre - Centralia
      Old Movie Advertising on Side of Theatre
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Scattered around the downtown area, there are a bit over twelve historic and historic themed murals that have been created, re-created, restored, or in a few cases still awaiting restoration. In some cases the murals are antique advertising, while others are commemorations of various types, or just decorations. These are scattered in many places, including the sides and entrances of various downtown buildings and inside Centralia College.

Indeed, Centralia College is the home of one of the more infamous murals. "Twelve Labors of Hercules" was originally commissioned to decorate the interior of the new Washington State Capitol Building, depicting several of the acts of Hercules in the ancient myth. Unfortunately, the killing of the Amazon queen Hippolyta was interpreted as glorifying rape, and thus after some considerable controversy the mural was removed. Centralia College offered their space for it. Artist Michael Spafford isn't pleased, saying the mural was intended for a particular place and should not have been moved to a place not intended for it.

The old Fox Movie Theatre near downtown features a wall of old movie advertising, sufficiently aged that it may very well be original advertising. (see photo 3)

Close to the train station there is a restored / reproduced mural that is advertising for the Centralia Hotel, which closed in 1960. (see photo 2)

Centralia Square, a structure on the south side of George Washington Park, has an eccentric mural that appears to commemorate hard work and labor that created the town. (see photo 1) It may be a comment of some sort on the part that the IWW may have played in the Centralia Massacre.

Address: Scattered through downtown Centralia

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  • Updated Aug 29, 2011
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