site: 815 Santa Barbara Street
Ventura County Agriculture bldg.

completed: 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Transport in Time & Place: Trains, Planes & Automobiles, 1890s-1940s
This mural centers around the historic Southern Pacific Depot, built in 1887, illustrating the many activities relating to the use of the railroad. The artist depicts, left to right, a 1937 Hudson Coupe, a 1934 Dodge Panel truck, then a 1937 Greyhound Super Coach and next you see a 1931 Indian motorcycle. Pulling out onto 10th Street is a 1935 Chevrolet stake bed truck with the Union Ice Company in the background. The steam engine is c.1890. The panel on the left, shows U.S. President Benjamin Harrison passing through Santa Paula, 1891, and lemons from Limoneira Ranch being loaded on boxcars. The panel on the right shows Korean War soldiers leaving for service in 1950 and a walnut packing house c.1946.
 

 

 

Wendell Dowling, muralist

Wendell Dowling, a local artist with deep roots in Santa Paula, says, "I never wanted to be anything but an artist for as long as I can remember." His artistic talents have led him into a wide variety of artistic pursuits from working as a technical illustrator for an engineering firm to a freelance artist creating illustrations for numerous books and magazines.

One of his favorite projects was to illustrate a book, "Stalls, Spins and Safety," written by his father-in-law Sammy Mason, a famous test pilot for Lockheed Corporation and a legend among flying enthusiasts.

Given his passion for detailed illustrations, Dowling was a logical choice for this mural depicting the many modes of transportation that helped move Santa Paula into the 20th Century.

Dowling painstakingly researched every detail of the trains, planes and automobiles shown in the mural. He and his wife, Lynne, created this fantastic mural over a period of several months.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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