The Westville Depot and Historical Society recently sponsored a historical mural which brought back some great memories for those who remember some businesses which helped shape Westville back in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
This new mural was led by George Delhaye, Chairman of the Westville Depot and designed with input from the committee members.
The design was then presented to local artist Mike Harper from “Art As A Mission”.
The mural was designed to depict four village street scenes from the past, with a couple still operating today as well as the new Westville heritage emblem and the town’s slogan “Melting Pot of Nations”, which is a tribute to all the immigrants and nationalities that came to work and settle in Westville.
Westville has always been proud of our heritage with all the nationalities of people who came to this area from all parts of the world to mine the coal, make a living and be free to raise a family, to worship and be a free American. Westville is also proud to be known as the home of the first high school football game to be played under the lights.
Local artist Mike Harper said this was a challenging mural because of the large amount of detail that went into each business.
“I remember some of these businesses and it brought back memories for me while I was painting it. I always enjoy seeing people smile when memories are recreated from history.”
The depot would like to see another mural painted in the future as there are many other businesses that need saved and remembered that help build and shape the town.
“We plan to do some landscaping in the north lawn area to honor the coal miners and miners that worked in the area.”