Chosen as a “Historical Event” to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the founding of Columbus. Experienced and noted mural artist David Resier, who spent his later childhood in Columbus, was selected to create this mural. The Mural is titled “Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus”.
The mural location was chosen for its visibility across the avenue from Frankfort Square. Thirteen windows had to be closed and extensive research was done to find primer and paint that would weather freezing and thawing as well as the punishing effect of direct west sunlight.
The 26′ x 84′ mural is designed to depict peeling through eight layers of time from the present to the founding of Columbus on May 28, 1856. The layers further imply there are many more hidden from view.
The first and most important layer depicts founders Jacob Louis, Vincent Kummer, and John Browner. The next layer shows bison subsequently replaced by oxen. A third layer pays tribute to William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West Show which was rehearsed in Columbus prior to its world premiere. The fourth layer reflects the 1930s by featuring the Loup Hydro Power House. A locomotive comprises the fifth layer and the sixth layer gives rise to the Behlen Manufacturer water tower, a more modern train, and the representation of the city’s industrial growth. Grain silos pay homage to the community’s agricultural roots and the final layer is the Welcome Arch as the primary and most recognizable local symbol as well as a nod to the Lincoln Highway’s role in shaping Columbus.
From the view of Frankfort Square, enjoy looking at the layers of work done by the many founders needed to shape Columbus Nebraska.