8) ‘The Norman’ Mural
This was the first mural in Port Angeles, painted by Jackson Smart, Hank Krueger and Tim Quinn in 1993. It depicts The Norman, the first locomotive and tender to arrive in Port Angeles and named after Norman R. Smith, a businessman and son of an early Port Angeles pioneer. For many years Smith tried to promote and develop a railroad line to Port Angeles. The Norman was transported on a barge from Seattle and off-loaded in 1903 at the dock used today by Black Ball Ferry Line’s MV Coho. The Port Angeles & Pacific Railroad got a right of way through town and cut ties and laid track. Smith put bleachers on a flatcar and took some 50 friends on a triumphant ride. Then Port Angeles & Pacific went broke, and The Norman never saw commercial service. It was scraped to aid the U.S. war effort during World War I.
Suffering from years of Northwest weather, discussions are underway about restoring this mural.
Location: East wall of Barhop Brewing and Artisan Pizza, 124 W. Railroad Ave. (Railroad Avenue runs along what was a timber-hauling rail line between Port Angeles and Port Townsend. After many ownership changes, rail service stopped in March 1985, and the rails, ties and equipment were removed in 1987. Today significant sections of the abandoned railway have been dedicated as a rails-to-trails route known as the Olympic Discovery Trail.)
Photo by Lynnette Braillard/Visit Port Angeles