Mural returned to original after almost three years

Photo by Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros Lane Sanders of Delta mixes paint during restoration work July 18 on the mural on 4th Street by Davis Clothing Company in Delta. The building was heavily damaged on Thanksgiving Day 2016 when a car crashed into the buildin

One of Delta's most popular murals, a colorful rendering of fruit labels completed by Connie Williams in 1988, and the wall that is its canvas, is being returned to its original beauty.

Located on 4th and Main in Delta since 1909 and in the Davis family since 1912, Davis Clothing Company is the oldest continuously-operating business on Delta's Main Street, according to the Delta County Museum. It is also one of the oldest Stetson hat accounts in continuous operation west of the Rockies.

On Thanksgiving Day of 2016, the northwestern corner of the Davis Clothing building was seriously damaged in a car accident. The accident also wiped out a portion of the mural -- one of many mural panels replicating historical fruit company labels from throughout Delta County painted on the north wall of the half-block-long building.

Wilma Erven, director of parks, recreation and golf for the City of Delta, said the city wanted to repair the mural immediately but finding funds was a challenge. After analysis, funding for the project was approved in the 2019 city budget. In total the project will cost around $1,400.

Early this year the search for a muralist began. Once a qualified artist was identified, the city still had to wait for the weather to warm.

Lane Sanders, Delta resident, started repainting the mural July 12. Sanders is a 2015 graduate and is the artist behind the Delta Panther mural in the high school gymnasium. On July 18, Sanders said he hoped to complete the project that week. "I saw this as a good, fun project," said Sanders.

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