Virtual Walking Tour

Take a Self Guided Tour via our GPS Map and Links to Each Mural as shown below.

Mural Map

“Exeter – A Festival of Arts” is a volunteer organization under the direction of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce dedicated to promoting the arts and tourism by providing an outdoor art gallery reflecting Exeter’s history and culture.

Exeter’s murals offer visitors opportunities to understand, enjoy, value and preserve Exeter’s historic and cultural heritage. Exeter’s historic brick building provide canvasses for our beautiful murals painted by professional artists from throughout the United States. The mural committee ensures high standards of artistic excellence.

Guided tours are available for groups of ten or more, cost is $2 per person. Please contact the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, not less than 10 days prior to your visit. Our Docents will tailor the tour to fit your time schedule and expectations within reason. The Chamber staff can also assist in making arrangements for lodging and meals. It is recommended that you allow some time in your itinerary for browsing Exeter’ unique specialty boutiques and antique shops.

Please visit the Mural Gallery & Gift Shop at 204 E. Pine St.

Open 11:00AM – 4:00PM

“Exeter – A Festival of Arts” promotes economic development through the arts and tourism by producing an outdoor art gallery reflecting Exeter’s history and culture.

We continue to bring art and history to life through murals.  Watch our walls and our progress. 

For more information or to schedule group mural tours, contact

Exeter Chamber of Commerce
101 West Pine St., Exeter, CA 93221  Tel: 559-592-2919 Fax: 559-592-3720
www.exeterchamber.com e-mail: chamber@exeterchamber.com

1. Orange Harvest

1. Orange Harvest Artists: Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, Visalia, CA. & Morgan McCall, Farmersville, CA Location: SE corner of Pine & E St. (1996) This mural features a scene of orange pickers in the 1930’s. A very common scene was that of entire families working together while the children played. Recently retouched, this mural also features a hidden item; look for the artists daughter with a secret.

 

 

2. Packing Ladies

2. Packing Ladies Artist: Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, Visalia, CA – Located at 119 S. E St. just south of “Orange Harvest” mural (1997). This mural of the Exeter Citrus Packing House, circa 1950 illustrates ladies packing and grading oranges while the foreman, Bud Berger kept a watchful eye. The fresh fruit came in from the fields and onto the grading belts. The ladies worked quickly while maintaining a friendly, family-like ambiance. Can you find the hidden object? It’s a quarter!

3. The Emperor Grape Festival

3. The Emperor Grape Festival This mural was retired in 2011. You will still find a glimpse of it at its former location. Artist: John Ton, Santa Cruz, CA – Location: NW corner of Pine & D St. (1997) This mural salutes Exeter’s Fall Festival, which began in 1913 when the ladies of the Presbyterian Church put on a Chrysanthemum Fair with a carnival and a children’s parade. By 1931 it became the Emperor Grape Festival. It is now called the Exeter Fall Festival.

4. Cattle Drive Down Rocky Hill

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4. Cattle Drive Down Rocky Hill Artist: Nadi Spencer, Three Rivers, CA – Location: 140 E. Palm St. (1997) This mural depicts Mr. Adolph Gill guiding a herd of cattle around Rocky Hill. The Gill Cattle Company of Exeter was established in the late 1800s and is still in operation. It was once the largest cattle ranching business in the U.S., owning and leasing more than 6 million acres of land in 9 western states. Can you find the boy running down Rocky Hill?

5. Yokuts Harvest

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5. Yokuts Harvest Artist: Ben Barker, Susanville, CA – Location: NW corner of Pine & E St. (1997) The Yokuts Harvest portrays the agrarian lifestyle of the local Yokuts Indians collecting sour berries during the spring in an oak forest near Exeter. The artistry of authentic Indian baskets is well illustrated in this mural.

6. Poppies & Lupine

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6. Poppies & Lupine Artist: Varian Mace, Visalia, CA – Located at 121-1/2 So. E St (1998). This mural features the natural history and beauty of the valley. California poppies in the foreground provide rich contrast to the purple and blue lupine. This site is about 10 miles northeast of Exeter en-route to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. This scene is of the Kaweah River before it became what is now known as Kaweah Lake. Look closely to find ladybugs, hummingbirds and butterflies among the flowers.

7. Mural Map

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7. Mural Map Artist: Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, Visalia, CA – Location: 119 S. E St. This is a map of Exeter’s murals, an ongoing mural as additional murals are completed.

8. From Foundry to Field

8. From Foundry to Field Artist: Ken Cardoza, Hillsboro, OR – Location: North wall of 125 S. F St. (1998) This mural depicts the past and present of Waterman Industries, a foundry established in Exeter in 1912. Waterman Industries, designs, manufactures and ships irrigation equipment throughout the world. Hidden in this mural are a shoe, a “W” and an outhouse.

9. Leta & Hawtoy

9. Leta & Hawtoy Artist: Ivonne Nagle, Glendale, CA – Location: 207 E. Pine St. (1998) Dressed in native costumes made by their grandparents, Leta & Hawtoy lived near Exeter and attended Exeter schools. During her first year in school where all other children were white, Leta completed two years of work in one and was among the head of her class. Try to find the child reading a book, camouflaged in the foliage of a tree.

10. 4th of July in Exeter

10. 4th of July in Exeter Artist: Gary Kerby, Wilsall MT – Located on E St., near the NE corner (1999). This mural honors “Lion John Schultz” for 50 years (1946-1996) of extraordinary service to the people of Exeter and the surrounding communities for his leadership as chief pyrotechnic at the annual Lions Club free 4th of July fireworks. Look for the hidden boot.

11. Exeter Fruit Labels

11. Exeter Fruit Labels Artist: Lola Collins, Exeter, CA- Location: 221 E. Pine St., on the east wall of the True Value Store (1999). Several citrus and grape labels from Exeter’s packing houses are the focus of this mural. Can your find three children, a cat and a bird in this mural?

12. Our Town, Circa 1925

12. Our Town, Circa 1925 Artist: James Fahnestock, Fallbrook, CA – Location: Bank of America, 100 E. Pine St. (1999). This mural looks as if it’s a page from an old photo album. It is of Exeter’s Pine St. about 1925. Look for George Washington and Mickey Mouse.

13. Golden Harvest

13. Golden Harvest Artist: Claudia Fletcher, Clovis, CA – Location: 158 E. Pine St, (2000). This mural depicts wheat harvesting in Mehrten Valley circa 1915. The men on the harvester were from local families. Can you find the little brown horse and the green-eyed cat?

14. The People Behind the Label

14. The People Behind the Label Artist: Chuck Caplinger, Twenty-nine Palms, CA – Location: 251 E. Pine St. (alley way) (2000). This mural reminds us that Emperor Grapes were once of great economic importance to Exeter. It also illustrates the interdependence of two local families. Look closely to find a California Black Bear and a Dachshund.

15. Tracks of Time

15. Tracks of Time Artists: Michael Stanford, Yuri Somov & Matt Hemsworth, Cool, CA – Location: West facing wall of F Street and Pine (2001). Two eras of the Visalia Electric Railroad in Exeter, 1915 and 1945. There are six surprises in this mural, can you find them all?

16. Timber Trail

16. Timber Trail Artist: Martin Weekly, El Dorado Hills and Exeter, CA – Location: 161 No. E Street (2001) This mural painted in the impressionistic style invites the viewer into the scene with his use of light and color. The mule train and wagons transport logs to Atwell Mill, which is now a part of Sequoia National Park. Much of the lumber used for local building materials in the late 1800’s came from Atwell Mill. Camouflaged in this mural are a quilt, a camera, an American flag and the name Walter Weekly, father of the artist.

17. Passport to Paradise

17. Passport to Paradise Artist: Jeff Crozier, Monterey, CA – Location: west wall of 160 So. D Street (best seen from the corner of Maple & E Streets) (2002). The mural depicts a monument that once spanned Hwy 65, welcoming visitors to Exeter – Gateway to Sequoia National Park. Look for a California Black Bear, a motorcycle and a bear paw.

18. Yokohl Brand

18. Yokohl Brand Artist: Gary Kerby, Wilsall, M – Location: west wall of 163 E. Pine Street (2002). This label is an example of “stone lithography”, an art form using secret formulas and rare inks to create brilliantly colored labels. The unique process was very costly and totally extinct by the late 1920’s. There are four hidden objects, xoxoxo, the number 34, a heart and a cowboy boot.

19. The Firebaugh Kids

19. The Firebaugh Kids Artist: Roger Cooke, Sandy, OR – Location: west wall of 401 E Pine Street.(2002) Here some of the Firebaugh kids (children of Exeter’s founder John Firebaugh) are hauling a wagon of milk from the dairy to the creamery in about 1915. The Board of Trade Building, now the Chamber of Commerce is near the center of the mural. There is a face in the tree.

20. Hometown News

20. Hometown News Artist: Gary Kerby, Wilsall, MT – Location: north wall of The Foothill Sun Gazette buildingat 120 No. E Street (2004) The mural depicts The Exeter Sun newsroom circa 1920’s. The busy staff works to editcopy and set type for an edition of the paper. Exeterite Perry Knox is at the linotype machine, Charles Wilshire is getting the hot type ready while Katherin Borgman brings copies to Louie Franks and Watt Clausen for final corrections. Look for a cowboy boot and a sunburst.

21. Kiwanis Wading Pool

22. Lincoln Recess Circa 1899

22. Lincoln Recess Circa 1899 Artist: Bob Thompson, Bakersfield, CA- Location: The north wall of the Exeter Boys & Girls Club, 362 E. Pine St. (2006) This shows school children playing various games at recess at the old Lincoln Elementary School. Three hidden objects to search for are a skateboarder, sailboat and the initials “M.K.”

23. Exeter Road Race Circa 1916

23. Exeter Road Race Circa 1916 Artist: Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, Visalia, CA – Location: The north wall of TF Tire, 250 South F Street (2006). This mural depicts race cars preparing for a road race through downtown Exeter in the early 1900’s at the corner of Pine & E Streets. Local celebrities Wes Clover & Steve Ooley, as well as members of the artists family are represented in the mural. Look for a polar bear, numbers, a child holding a bear, all symbols from the popular “Lost” television program.

24. Protect and Serve Circa 1940s

24. Protect and Serve Circa 1940’s Artist: Tom Booth – Visalia, CA – Location: The south wall of the block fence of the Exeter Police Dept., 100 North C Street (2008). The mural highlights Exeter’s first motorcycle police officer, Robert “Red” Anthony. This mural depicts life as it may have been in the late 1930’s and 1940’s. Hidden objectsinclude a reflection of Red’s truck, the initials J.A. and D.M.R. and the date 11-25-40.2

25. Rocky Hill Guardian

25. Rocky Hill Guardian Artist: Stephen Ball-Springville, CA Location: Corner of Maple & E Streets on the west wall of California Temperature Controls, 200 East Maple (2008). A local mountain lion guards the entrance to a cave on Rocky Hill. Notice the images on the cave wall reminiscent of Indian petroglyphs. Look for 2 lizards and 6 flies.

26. Mineral King “In Our Back Yard”

26. Mineral King “In Our Back Yard” Artist: Jana Botkin – Three Rivers, CA – Location: In the alley, on the southside of Cappella Coffee House, 132 North E St. (2009). This breathtaking mural, with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, features the historical Mineral King area and focuses on Sawtooth, Farewell Gap and Timber Gap. Can you find the running girl, 2 coffee pots, a kerosene lantern, ax, fishing creel, ore bucket, Mickey Mouse, bear, marmot, deer and a red X (that marks the spot where the mural was first conceptualized)?

27. Freedom Fighters

27. Freedom Fighters Artist: Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, Visalia, CA – Location: At the corner of Pine and D Street, above the Monarch Ford car lot on the South wall of the Exeter Ambulance Building. (2010). This colorful and life like mural is dedicated to all Veterans in all branches of service: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines & Navy. Look closely and you may see “Star Trek” highlights like the spaceship Enterprise, lizard man and a walkie talkie.

28. Men + Mules + Water = Power

28. Men + Mules + Water = Power Artist: Jana Botkin – Three Rivers, CA – Location: In the alley, just North of the Foothills Sun-Gazette Newspaper, 120 South E St. (2010). Mt. Whitney Power Co. built a dam on Franklin Lake, 6 miles above Mineral King in 1904. It was the first of 4 dams build in the area because of concern about water flow during dry months and years. Thousands of pounds of cement, sand, rock, wood forms and construction supplies were hauled by mules to complete the project. The little cabin was built as a summer residence for Archie Robertson, dam building supervisor. It was bought by a Lemon Cove/Exeter family in 1938. The former Mt. Whitney Power Co. Exeter office is now the Exeter History Museum. Look for a tangible rock & mule shoe, a hidden pick ax, fish, 1904 & 2 heart rocks. Can you identify wildflowers: Phlox, Golden Beard Penstemmon, Indian Paintbrush, Sierra Columbine, Wild Blue Flax & Hoopes Sneezeweed.

29. Exeter Centennial 1911-2011

29. Exeter Centennial 1911-2011 Artist: Steven Ball – Springville, CA (2011). To commemorate Exeter’s 100th anniversary of incorporation on March 2, 1911, this mural depicting Pine Street circa 1911 was dedicated on March 2, 2011.

30. Firebaugh Ranch

30. Firebaugh Ranch – Artist: Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, Visalia, CA (2013) John Firebaugh came to the Exeter area 1869. He subsequently bought and gave land, along with the Southern Pacific Railroad, that became the city of Exeter. This house built in 1890 was the family home for many years. Look for Walter the cat, a ring and a sword.

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