"Pioneer Days" - Eric Grohe, 1997

Pioneer Days Mural

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Steubenville, Ohio

A buckskin-clad frontiersman beckons modern-day gawkers to view the bend in the Ohio River that will one day become Steubenville. All that's missing is a helpful "You Are Here" arrow to point to the future shopping center parking lot where you stand.

The mural's periphery is a painted-on archway with fake carvings of an art deco Liberty spilling vegetables onto thankful settlers, and a muscular man clutching thunderbolts and a big gear. Above them, a modern family stares vacantly. And above them, atop the building, stands a miniature Statue of Liberty.

Although now faded, when this mural was painted by artist Eric Grohe and unveiled in 1997, it was reportedly so bright and three-dimensional that birds would crash into it.

Pioneer Days Mural

Address:
350 S. Hollywood Blvd, Steubenville, OH
Directions:
West of downtown, at the Hollywood Shopping Center. Take Hwy 43/Sunset Blvd west of town. Turn left just after the Wendy's into the shopping center. Bear right once you get to the parking lot, and you'll see the mural on the last building to the far right.
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