2010 Mural Project
It began as an idea by City Manager Pat Merrill and became a community beautification project for all citizens to take part in.
Merrill discussed his idea with Ann Iungerich, President of the Morgan County Area Arts Council, who readily accepted the task of directing the Fort Morgan Mural Project that resulted in an 8-by-60 foot mosaic mural that captures the spirit and history of the Morgan County area and its citizens.
A mural design contest was announced in March 2010, offering a $200 prize to the artist submitting the winning design. The selection was made and the winner was a local commercial artist from Weldona, Pat Samples-Ehrlich. Samples-Ehrlich has painted numerous murals over the years since 1975, producing signs from Colorado to New Zealand and many places in between. Once the overall mural design was selected, individual panels, 12-x12 inch in size, were obtained by the Area Arts Council and offered to all residents for the actual painting of the mural. When all 480 squares were put together, the overall mural design came to life.
Funding for the mural materials were provided by the City of Fort Morgan and Iungerich directed many painting workshops held at the School for the Performing Arts over the next few months. Current pro football player and former graduate from Fort Morgan High School, Joel Dreessen, along with members of a local band, Sythethic Elements, were just a few of the many contributing many aspects to the overall mural project.
While the painting was being completed, it was decided to move the location of the final mural to the north wall of fire hall at Main Street and Railroad Avenue to offer visibility to more people and to make it less subject to fading from facing the southern summer sun.