Albion Community Mural: "Crossing the River"
The seven panels of the mural are pasted in this table,
with some details about each panel next to it.

Panel 1- Winter.  The Albion Sledding Hill, the Cardboard Classic Race, black squirrels in their nests and digging up nuts.  Shoveling snow at home, the Kalamazoo River.

Panel 2- Early Spring.  Walking in the rain. The Albion Train Depot, the Walk for Warmth that began with an Albion man’s idea.  Even kids and handicapped people participate.  Albion College – the Equestrian Center, the Observatory, Goodrich Chapel. Albion High School Cross Country runners. Squirrels are shown getting frisky.

Panel 3- mid Spring.  The Albion Water Tower, the Coca Cola mural, bicycling on Albion’s brick streets.  Farming and getting the fields ready for planting.  Kids walking to Kids ‘N’ Stuff.  Citizens to Beautiful Albion – started with one mans dream to make Albion beautiful with flowers planted by volunteers by Albion’s main roads.  A family walks home from the Albion Public Library. Baby squirrels follow their mother.

Panel 4 – Early Summer.  Victory for Kids playground, built by volunteers and maintenance including painting done by volunteers.  T-Ball – that was invented in Albion.  Walking to get ice cream.  Mowing the yard at home.  The River Trail for hiking and bicycling.  Rieger Park with the pond.  Canoeing on the Kalamazoo River. Watering flowers planted along the roads.

Panel 5- Mid Summer.  Gardner House Museum.  The new boat launch by the foot bridge, and putting in a canoe there.  Biking on the River Trail.  The Band Shell and the summer concerts. Fireworks on July 4th.  Walking to go fishing carrying equipment.  Playing hoop in the park. Skateboarding.  Flying a kite.  Walking to the Post Office.  The “Molder statue”.

Panel 6- Late Summer – Albion’s
“A-Maizing Corn Festival”.  Back to School.  Frisbee playing. Albion High School.  High School Football games and the new walk way to the football field made by an Albion Eagle Scout, bicycling in  Albion, hiking on the River Trail, Albion Middle & Elementary School, walking to school.  The waterfall in Victory Park.  Playing soccer by the waterfall. 

Panel 7 – Fall.  Walking the dog on the River Trail. Downtown Albion.  The Bohm Theatre and the Volunteer Center -  AVSO 5K run.  Meeting friends at the Festival of the Forks.  International flags on Superior Street.  The mural itself is on the wall of Illusions Hair design in the drive thru alley of Citizens Bank.  Parks Drug Store, Cascarelli’s are on the right.  The luminaries by the forks, and the bridge between Rieger Park and Victory Park.  The Boy Scout canoe Race.  Raking leaves for Make a Difference Day. A couple sits on the bench in the park overlooking the Forks, and the entire mural. Squirrels are burying nuts.


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