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Post Office Murals
(WPA Murals)

About Post Office Murals :

During the Great Depression, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought ideas for public relief projects to inspire Americans to rebuild their lives, an artist friend asked the President to employ artists to beautify the walls of public buildings with positive images of American life and history.... (From Post Office Art by Bob Bowman)

Texas Post Office Mural (WPA Mural) List
Oklahoma Post Office Murals

A Listing of Texas Post Office Murals by Town:

Current locations are updated as information is available.
Murals highlighted in blue have links to articles or illustrations.

Observation:
Blazing Canvases - Prairie Fires in Depression Era Murals
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Alice, Texas - South Texas Panorama, 1939 by Warren Hunter
Alpine, Texas – View of Alpine, 1940, by Jose Moya del Pinto
Alvin, Texas – Emigrants at Nightfall, 1940, by Loren Mozely
Amarillo, Texas – Mural Panels - Gang Plow, Disk Harrow, Cattle Branding, Cattle Loading, Coronado's Exploration Party, and Oil, 1940, by Julius Woeltz Feature
Anson, Texas – Cowboy Dance, 1941 by Jenne Magafan Feature
Arlington, Texas – Gathering Pecans, 1941 by Otis Dozier Feature
(In the Worthington National Bank Building)
Anson, Texas post office mural  Cowboy  Dance, by Jenne Magafan, 1941
Anson Post Office Mural "Cowboy Dance"
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
B
Baytown, Texas - Texas by Barse Miller, 1938
Big Spring, Texas - O Pioneers by Peter Hurd, 1939 Feature
Borger, Texas – Big City News, 1939 by Jose Aceves Feature
(Relocated to the Hutchinson County Museum)
Brady, Texas Immigrant, 1939 by Gordon Grant
Brownfield, Texas – Ranchers of the Panhandle Fighting Prairie Fire with Skinned Steer, 1940 by Frank Mechau Feature
(Relocated to the Brownwood Poilice Headquarters)
Brownfield TX WPA Mural  detail - Ranchers of the Panhandle Fighting Prairie Fire with Skinned Steer by Frank Mechau
Brownfield, Texas' WPA Mural "Fighting Prairie Fire" detail
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
C
Caldwell, Texas – Indians Moving, 1939 by Suzane Scheuer Feature
(Relocated to College Station Post Office)
Canyon, Texas - Strays, 1938 by Francis Ankrom
Canyon, Texas – In the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum:
The Cattleman, 1934, and Ranch Headquarters, 1940 by Harold Bugbee,
Antelope Creek, 1940 and Coronado’s Coming, 1940, by Ben Mead
Prehistoric Mammals, 1934 by Gustaf Sunstrom (seven panels)
Center, Texas, Logging Scene, 1941 by Edward Chavez
Clifton, Texas - Texas Longhorns: A Vanishing Breed, 1941 by Ila McAffee
Cooper, Texas – Before the Fencing of Delta County, 1941 by Lloyd Goff Feature
Corpus Christi, Texas – The Sea: Port Activities and Harbor Fisheries, 1941 by Howard Cook
D
Dallas, Texas – (Dallas Terminal Annex Building):
Three Murals by Peter Hurd: Eastbound Mail Stage, Airmail Over Texas and Pioneer Home Builders – all 1940.
Decatur, Texas – Texas Plains, 1939 by Ray Strong
E
Eastland, Texas – Indians Moving, 1940 by Suzane Scheuer
El Campo, Texas - Rural Texas Gulf Coast, 1938 by Milford Zornes Feature

El Paso, Texas (Federal Courthouse) - Pass of the North, 1938 by Tom Lea
Electra, Texas – Oil, Cattle, Wheat, 1940, by Allie Tennant
Elgin, Texas – Texas Farm, 1940 by Julius Woeltz Feature
Elgin Texas Post Office Mural detail
Elgin Post Office Mural detail. TE Photos, 2009
F
Farmersville, Texas - Soil Conservation in Collin County, 1941, by Jerry Bywaters
Ft. Worth, Texas - The Taking of Sam Bass, Two Texas Rangers, and Flags Over Texas, 1940 by Frank Mechau
Fredericksburg, Texas – Loading Cattle, 1939, by Otis Dozier
G
Gatesville, Texas - Off to Northern Markets, 1939 by Joe De Yong
Giddings, Texas – Cowboys Receiving the Mail, 1939 by Otis Dozier
Goose Creek, Texas –
Texas, 1938 by Barse Miller
Graham, Texas – Oil Fields of Graham, 1939 by Alexandre Hogue
Feature
(In the Young County Historical Museum)
H
Hamilton, Texas - Texas Rangers in Camp by Ward Lockwood Feature
Hereford, Texas – On the Range, 1941 by Enid Bell
Houston, Texas – (Federal Courthouse) Houston Ship Channel – Early History, 1941 by Alexandre Hogue
J
Jasper, Texas – Industries of Jasper, 1939 by Alexander Levin
Kilgore Tx PO Mural - Drilling For Oil
Kilgore Post Office Mural - "Drilling For Oil" detail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
K
Kenedy, Texas – Grist for the Mill, 1939 by Charles Campbell Feature
Kilgore, Texas – Music of the Plains, Contemporary Youth, Pioneer Saga and Drilling for Oil, 1941 by Xavier Gonzalez Feature
L
La Grange, Texas – Horses, 1939 by Tom Lewis
Lamesa, Texas – The Horse Breakers, 1940 by Fletcher Martin
Lampasas, Texas – Afternoon on a Texas Ranch, 1939 by Ethel Edwards
Liberty, Texas – Story of the Big Fish, 1939 by Howard Fisher Feature
Linden, Texas – The Last Crop, 1939 by Victor Arnautoff
Livingston, Texas – Landscape Mural and Buffalo Hunting, 1941 by T. Van Soelen
Lockhart, Texas – The Pony Express Station, 1939 by John Walker Feature
Longview, Texas – Texas Farm Scene by Thomas Stell
M
Mart, Texas – McLennan Looking for a Home, 1939 by Jose Aceves Feature 6-24-14
McKinney, Texas – Confederate Company Leaving McKinney, 1934 by Frank Klepper Feature
(Old Post Office now the Collin County Historical Museum)
Mineola, Texas - New and Old Methods of Transportation, 1938 by Bernard Zacheim Feature
(In the Historical Museum)
Mission, Texas – West Texas Landscape, 1941 by Xavier Gonzalez Feature
Stampede, Odessa post office mural

Odessa Post Office mural: "Stampede" (detail)
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009

O
Odessa, Texas – Stampede, 1940 by Tom Lea Feature
P
Paris, Texas – Four Murals: The Paris Fire, Rebuilding, John Chisum and Davy Crockett, 1934 by Jerry Bywaters Feature
Q
Quanah, Texas – The Naming of Quanah, 1938 by Jerry Bywaters
R
Ranger, Texas – The Crossroads Town, 1939 by Emil Bisttram
Robstown, Texas - Founding and Subsequent Development of Robstown, Texas, 1941 by Alice Reynolds Feature
Rockdale, Texas - Industry in Rockdale, Maxwell Starr Feature
Rusk, Texas – Agriculture and Industry, 1940 by Bernard Zacheim Feature
Rockdale Texas post office mural
Rockdale Post Office Mural
TE photos, May 2008
S
San Antonio – San Antonio’s Importance in Texas History, 1939 by Howard Cook
San Antonio – Autumn and Spring in the Hill Country, 1934 by G. F. Newman
(Brady Green Clinic – now part of University Health Center - Downtown)
Seymour, Texas – Comanches, 19042 by Tom Lea
Sherman, Texas – Music, Literature and Painting, 1934 by James Swann
(Sherman Historical Museum)
Smithville, Texas – The Law – Texas Rangers, 1940 by Minnie Teichmueller Feature
T
Teague, Texas – Cattle Round-up, 1940 by Thomas Stell, Jr. Feature
Trinity, Texas – Lumber Manufacturing, 1942 by Jerry Bywaters
Vulture on cactus, Teague TX PO mural "Cattle Round-up" detail
Teague Post Office Mural "Cattle Round-up" detail
W
Waco – Cattle, Indians, 1939 by E. Shonnard
Wellington, Texas – Settlers in Collingsworth County, 1940 by Bernard Arnest
Oklahoma Post Office Murals:
Madill, Oklahoma - Prairie Fire, 1941 by Ethel Magafan Feature
Purcell, Oklahoma - The Roundup, 1940 by Frederick Conway Feature
Yukon, Oklahoma - The Run, April 22, 1889, Taking the Lead, 1941
by Dahlov Ipcar Feature
Madill, Oklahoma - PO mural “Prairie Fire” cowboy & steers, by Ethel Magafan,  1941

Madill, Oklahoma WPA Mural “Prairie Fire" detail
TE photos

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