Posted by: an acre of oklahoma | October 23, 2009

Community Mural Coming To Nowata


A mural will soon be going up on the water reservoir storage tank located on Hwy 169 in Nowata, OK.   Dr. Bob Palmer and UCO students, past and present, will be traveling to Nowata on Thursday, October 22 to spend three days painting a historic mural on the tank.   Dr. Palmer, professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and his students have been retained to paint  murals all across the state, including the block long murals in OKC’s  Bricktown as well as the Centennial murals at the State Capitol.  When completed, the Nowata mural will join other Palmer murals in an Oklahoma tourism tour that is being planned for the future.   Dr. Palmer’s mural gallery can be viewed online at

The project is being orchestrated by the Nowata Beautification Committee, Nowata Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Nowata.  Preparation work began in early September by pressure washing the tank and pump house and  a base coat  was applied a few weeks later with paint supplied through a grant from “Keep Oklahoma Beautiful”.

The mural will be a depiction of Nowata’s grand history featuring several of the historic buildings and events of the past.   Images will include the “Galloping Goose” trolley car, courthouse, Glass Mansion, Savoy Hotel & radium bath sign, an old church, Nowata City seal, Iron Mountain RR engine, Cattle drive, oil derrick and American flag.

Nowata grade school students will have an opportunity to be a part of the project’s support through “Nickels For Nowata” as well as design artwork of their own to be displayed and scrap booked while learning about Nowata’s history and art students from mid and high school will have the opportunity to travel to the painting site to see the work in progress.

The mural is being paid for by donations from community organizations and individuals so if you or your business or organization would like to participate in funding this historic beautification project, you can make tax deductible donations to the Nowata Beautification Committee and mail in care of the Chamber of Commerce at:  PO Box 202    Nowata OK 74048.  Please be sure to note on your check “Mural Project”.  If you have any questions, please contact Billie Roane at 918 273 2301.

There is no donation that is too small or too big!!  Our goal is to provide the opportunity for everyone in Nowata, young or old or in between, to be able to say “I played a part in preserving Nowata’s history for all to see in a beautiful way.”  Join us and help make history!

Author: Billie Roane, Executive Director of the Nowata Area Chamber of Commerce

I and Alex drove by the water tank last night to see “the process” and all I can say is WOW! Alex said “Look, Nana!” What a great community asset this will be and I am very proud of our Nowata Beautification Committee and Billie Roane for making this mural happen.


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