Appalachian Mural Trail

Hickory's Historic Beginnings Mural
Hickory, NC

Blue Ridge MilePost: 294
Latitude: 35.732487, Longitude: -81.340888


Muralist: Roger Cooke (1941-2012)
Member/Sponsor: City of Hickory
Public Art Commission

Mural Description

    Historic Beginnings The 35 by 25 foot mural depicts the City of Hickory's historic beginnings. Included on the mural is the Piedmont Wagon, the Southern Railroad, Hickory Tavern, the Huffry Hotel, 1918 Union Square, and Hickory Manufacturing Company.

    In addition to historic scenes of early industries, four pioneers who helped build Hickory's strong economic and community spirited foundation are included. The faces on the mural are Alex A. Shuford, J. Alfred Moretz, Lester Clark Gifford, and Edmund Thomas Moore, Sr. The mural was a project of the City of Hickory's Public Art Commission.
    Mural Location: 234 Union Square

Artist Bio: Roger Cooke

     The mural painting was completed in September 2006 by Oregon artist Roger Cooke (1941-2012). During his lifetime, Cooke was sometimes called the "Johnny Appleseed of small town murals," having produced more than 60 historic murals across the country.

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