Clinton's wall murals tell local stories
If the walls could talk, the vintage buildings of Huron County’s towns and villages would tell many a tale. In Clinton, the walls go much further, illustrating the history of the town through a number of murals on prominent buildings around the town.
The mural project began in the summer of 1997 and there are now 10 murals on view in the town.
All of the murals have Clinton’s history as a theme.
Two artists are responsible for the work. Early murals were painted by Robert Simpson. Most of the recent, more elaborate, murals have been created by Allan Hilgendorf, an artist from Chatsworth, in Bruce County.
Following the initial railway mural, the town’s Public Utilities Commission got into the act, commissioning murals recalling the early history of water and electrical service.
An old photograph of a delivery of Massey-Harris farm implements on March 14, 1899 was the inspiration for a large mural added in 1999, visible when travelling towards Clinton’s main intersection along Hwy. 8 from the east.
Another mural, visible from the town’s Millennium Park on Hwy. 8 (Huron Road) just east of the main intersection depicts old businesses and colourful characters along main street.