- Osceola, IA
- Site Type:
- Art Works, Murals
- New Deal Agencies:
- Arts Programs, Treasury Section of Fine Arts (TSFA)
- Byron Ben Boyd
New Deal mural entitled “Arrival of the First Train” painted in 1936 by Byron B. Boyd.
Excerpt from Osceola post office mural, information sheet:
“The excited citizens of Osceola are hailing the arrival of the first train, a dramatic moment in the history of the town. In the center foreground is a pile of logs for construction of a building we see partially built on the right. On the left in the background is a stage coach, symbol of the pioneer days soon to be supplanted by the railroad.
Boyd was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1889. He graduated from Columbia University with a masters degree in architecture and studied art at the National Academy of Art, painting extensively abroad. Later he became director of the Art Department at Drake University. He also painted the mural for the post office in Pella, Iowa.”
Site originally submitted by Living New Deal on August 26, 2012.
Additional contributions by Tom Parker, Victoria Wake.
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