2016-19 Best of State – Public Art

There have been wall murals adorning Tremontons streetscape since the 1970’s.  As published in a Wasatch View Magazine article featuring Tremonton City’s public art written by Tim Gurrister of the Ogden Standard Examiner there was a mystery muralist from the 1970s credited with creating the first landscape murals on buildings around Tremonton.  It is legend that the mystery muralist supposedly used his hair to make his paint brush bristles.  Although most have been painted over and lost, you can still see one of these paintings on a building in Tremonton.

From these humble and legendary public art beginnings Tremonton City has worked to amass a collection of public art. This collection went on to be nominated and to win the 2016 – 2019 Best of State award. Come visit our community, learn of our history and view what we have to offer.

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Space Shuttle Launch

The booster rockets that propelled the space shuttle Columbia into space on April 12, 1981 were designed and manufactured in Box Elder County, Utah. The program began in 1972, and its final flight on July 8, 2011 was described as both inspiring and captivating. The shuttle program represents a signifanct achievment for the United States Space Program and the people of the Bear River Region who are a part of its history. Visitors can view an outdoor display of solid rocket motors at the Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) launch facility, approximately 21 miles west of Tremonton. Created by Rachel Wadsworth and funded by Orbital ATK and Tremonton City.

Driving of the Golden Spike

Andrew J. Russell’s “East and West Shaking Hands at Laying of Last Rail.” Commonly known as “The Champagne Photo.” The National Park Service maintains the Golden Spike National Historic Site, approximately 27 miles west of Tremonton. Created by artist Jason Nessen and funded by Union Pacific Railroad Foundation and Tremonton City.

1920’s Downtown Welcome Mural

Downtown Welcome Mural depicts Tremonton’s Main street ca. 1920. The mural was created from a photograph provided to the City by Barry Cole in celebration of the Tremonton City Centennial in 2003. The mural was completed in 2014 by local artist Jason Nessen and funded in part by grants provided by Box Elder County Tourism Tax Advisory Board and by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

Midland Hotel Mural

Midland Hotel Mural gives the glimpse of a grand hotel and once city landmark built in 1914 by David Holmgren on the corner of Main Street and 100 West. The hotel was advertised by the phrase “Well Furnished Rooms & Meals à la Carte and of the Best.” Mr. Holmgren also served as Mayor of Tremonton from 1924 to 1927. The Hotel and surrounding buildings were destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours of January 31, 1995 and Midland Square now stands in its
place. The mural was created from a photograph by local artist, Jason Nessen in 2003, and was funded in part by the David Holmgren Family and by Jay D. & Alice C. Harris.

Tremonton City Volunteer Fire Department

CA.1920 – Photograph of a group of local residents and businessman as “Volunteer Firefighters.” The Tremonton Volunteer Fire Department was officially organized by the City Council on April 4, 1938, including the purchase of an American-La France fire engine for $7,078.17. Created by Jason Nessen and funded by Tremonton Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary and Tremonton City.