Toga-clad people in archways are ancient history on Railroad Street. An ancient Rome-inspired mural that covered the Railroad Street-facing wall of Eastern Ave. was painted over on Tuesday by a crew from Blake Jenkins Painting. Building owner Al Bulay hired the company to cover the mural that was painted onto the wall in 1985. The plan is for local artist Larry Golden to create a new mural on the wall, featuring images that reflect the Northeast Kingdom. Golden was commissioned by Northern Counties Health Care early this past spring to create a maple sugaring scene on panels that were erected in the front of the Caplan’s Building while workers replaced the front windows, but when the work on the building front was completed the panels came down. Golden said he and Bulay are still working on the design, and if all goes well his hope is to have the mural painted “before it gets too cold.” Golden was a long-time art teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy.
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