“History and Transportation,” Sherwood Old Town’s First Mural

History and Transportation

Mural Site: Symposium Coffee
22461 SW Pine St. 97140
Sherwood, OR 97140

Created by Marino Heidel Studios | MarinoHeidelStudios.com
Design and Comments by Angelina Marino-Heidel

 

In 1885, J.C Smock granted the railroad the right-of-way through his property. The railroad fronts Sherwoods’ Old Town District. “The railroad is an important element in Sherwood and has importance to me. My great grandmother, who came across on Prairie Schooners on the Oregon trail, met with winter near the Idaho border.”

 

Unlike the stories of many pioneers or “Immigrants”as my grandmother Amelia Hampton referred to themselves as in her diaries, they had enough funds to avoid winters harsh reality of loading up children and gear (perhaps even a goat) taking the last foot of their journey to Portland, and then later on to Dallas, OR in the Willamette Valley. They arrived in the 1880’s and very likely traveled through Sherwood.

 

In the mural design, the tracks tie the site and concept of the mural together in a lyrical way and also provides the sense of growth and a sort of visual time line. The train itself being established in the 1800’s, automobile styles that cross decades, dates and numbers, all add to this.

 

Goats and were loaded onto the railroad cars in the old days, right downtown off of Railroad Street. Goats are still raised by area farmers. “Beyond adding a light hearted element to the mural, goats are part of my family history. My grandparents, my father and his siblings raised goats during the depression and for many years after.” Money being short, they lived off the land and were able to their eight children on goat milk and goat cheese that they cured in a shack over a fresh water spring. Tales of the family tell that Daisy, my grandmother, won first prize at the county fair with her cheese.

 

Other farmyard animals reflect on the agragarian culture of the area, historically
and present day.

 

This information was originally created by Marino Heidel and published on https://www.oldtownsherwood.org/sherwood-old-town-mural-2021