Minnesota Wonders

The Murals of Faribault

In the town that I call home, one of my favorite things to see are the murals of Faribault. Bursting with color, the murals showcase some beautiful artwork and scenes from Faribault’s historic past, like this one of the bustling downtown in the 1950’s.

Mural of Downtown Faribault in the 1950's

Mural of downtown Faribault in the 1950’s. Located on the east side of the Faribault Sewing and Vacuum Center.

 

Murals began showing up in 2007.  Artists and others from the community came together and formed the Mural Society of Faribault, which aims to use public art to increase community spirit and promote tourism.  The first mural put up is located on the side of the Erickson Furniture store and features Alexander Faribault, the founder of Faribault.

Alexander Faribault Mural in Faribault

Alexander Faribault mural in Faribault.

 

Several others have been added throughout the years.  Faribault is home of the Tilt-A-Whirl, which was invented by Herbert Sellner in 1926.  Sellner Manufacturing of Faribault fabricated and sold the Tilt-A-Whirl for over 80 years.  The company was sold to Gold Star Manufacturing, which still makes the Tilt-A-Whirl cars in Faribault.

Tilt-A-Whirl Mural in Faribault

Tilt-A-Whirl mural in Faribault.

 

Our next mural celebrates the annual Pet Parade, a Faribault tradition dating back to 1939.  For almost eighty years animal lovers have been dressing up their pets in August and marching them through the streets of Faribault.  Every year a new theme is chosen, like “Back to the 80’s” or “Into the Jungle”.  It is quite a sight to see a chihuahua dressed like a punk rocker or a golden retriever dressed like a lion. You may see dogs, cats, horses, goats, snakes, other pets, and their humans dressed up and having a blast in the parade.

Pet Parade Mural in Faribault.

Pet Parade mural in Faribault.

 

Faribault native Bruce Smith won the Heisman trophy for football in 1941.  Playing as a halfback for the University of Minnesota, he helped them win national championships in 1940 and 1941. After college, he served in the United States Navy as a fighter pilot during World War II.  When he returned from his service, he played profession football for the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams.

Bruce Smith Mural in Faribault.

Bruce Smith mural in Faribault.

 

What town wouldn’t be proud of making beer for almost a hundred years!  In 1872, Earnest Fleckenstein opened the Fleckenstein Brewery along the bluffs of the Straight River in Faribault.  By 1900, the brewery made enough beer to sell to cities and towns throughout southeastern Minnesota.  It survived the Prohibition by switching over to brewing orange soda and root beer.  The brewery closed its doors in 1964.

Fleckstein Beer Mural in Faribault.

Fleckenstein Beer mural in Faribault.

 

I can’t imagine ice skating on a river. I’d be afraid of breaking through the ice due to the current, but people used to do it apparently years ago.  Ice skating on the Straight River is memorialized in this mural.

Ice Skating Mural in Faribault

Ice skating mural in Faribault.

You are always welcome to visit Faribault!  Our community is rich in history and diversity. Stop by if you are passing though. For more information, check out the Visit Faribault website.

Welcome mural in Faribault

Welcome mural in Faribault.

Useful Links

Enjoy the murals of Faribault! Here’s some links that will help you plan your visit.

 

Happy Travels,

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The Murals of Faribault, Minnesota

 

 

 

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