‘Battle’ mural under renovation

Mural renovation under way - A mural at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 21 that depicts the Battle of Pilot Knob is receiving a facelift. Six of the 12 panels are already being refurbished with the other six to be completed tentatively by the end of April.

The mural has been a greeter for out-of-town visitors for over a decade. However, since it is a bit weathered, it is getting a face-light.

The 48 feet long mural depicts The Battle of Pilot Knob and is located near the intersection of Missouri Highway 21 and Ironton’s Main Street. Over a decade ago, Artist Rich Penny, formerly of Ironton and now of Mexico, MO, was commissioned by Our Town Tomorrow (OTT) to paint the scene.

“It has never been retouched,” said OTT President Carol Kelsheimer. “It was one of the first Our Town Tomorrow projects and it has faded tremendously. It also has a lot of dirt on it and it won’t last much longer.”

With the assist of a grant from Iron County Economic Partnership (ICEP), OTT has contracted with Tom Miles of Viburnum to give the mural a good going-over.

“He plans to make it stand out with some brighter colors,” Kelsheimer explained. “And in the lower left hand corner he will add a 3-dimensional sign saying ‘The Battle of Pilot Knob.’ He hopes to have it done by the end of April.”

The mural is painted on 12 removable panels. Miles has six of them now in his shop. He also plans to install a frame around the mural to make it more secure. He will weather seal the painting when it is completed.

“We are thrilled it will be completed before the 2020 reenactment,” Kelsheimer said.