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Exeter's Famous Water Tower

Someone made a comment the other day about a sight I had traveled thousands of miles to see and take pictures.  "I live very close by and I have never seen it" he said.  It got me to thinking.  What do I live close to that I have not shared with my friends from around the world?


I have shared the National Parks, Sequoia, Kings, and Yosemite. Is there anything else that people would find interesting here or close by? Some little treasure. Yes!


Exeter is a small community just east of Visalia about ten miles. Just a little closer to the foothills that lead to Sequoia National Park. Much smaller in size than Visalia, but a tight-knit town that wants to continue the small town ideas and living.


Back in the 1990s someone thought that it would be a good way to draw a few people to the community to have nice murals painted on the plain old brick walls that were next to a small park downtown and a few other locations. So the city funded the first one, entitled "Orange Harvest" in 1996 and since then they have continued to find empty walls, plain stores, alley way walls, and other blank places to paint beautiful murals depicting the life here in the valley.


Today there are 28 murals, one of which is still in progress.  Most have a small plaque giving the Title, Year, Number, and maybe the Sponsor's Name.  The area where all of the Murals are is about two blocks by four blocks, so it's an easy stroll and there are plenty of fine small friendly businesses where you can shop or grab a bite to eat. There are also presently three murals done inside of the local businesses. The Chamber of Commerce office is right on the corner of Pine and "F" Street, and will be happy to answer any questions and hand out an "Exeter Mural Guide", which contains nearly everything I have blog about here, inlcuding the hidden items. (The guide does not show where those hidden items are.)


I wouldn't suggest flying from Europe just to see Exeter's Murals, but if you are in the area, or driving through on the way to the National Parks, it is well worth a short stroll.  And these murals are top on the line, not just a few folks sloppong paint on a wall.


Just an added note here. Many of the murals have hidden or camouflaged items. I cannot tell you if you will be able to see all of them in the pictures I have taken. They may have been inadvertently covered or you may need to be up a little closer.

Africancrab says:
Congratulations on the featured blog Roger
Posted on: Jan 17, 2011
X_Drive says:
Yes, many of the towns still have water towers, whether they are small or not. Visalia's population in past 125,000 and we still have one. And, yes, Kingsburg's is very nice with the Dutch theme.
Posted on: Jan 17, 2011
JP-NED says:
Hi Roger,
congrats on your featured blog!
Posted on: Jan 17, 2011
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