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Dunlap Murals

In the summer of 2021, the town of Dunlap became more vibrant with the addition of six new murals. The murals were a labor of love, designed and painted by community members.

Check out this video of the Dunlap Mural Walk!

Download a digital copy of our "Mural Walk" Map -- or pick up a printed copy at the Dunlap City Hall, the Dunlap Public Library or The Town and Country Store.

Here are some additional, fun mural resources:
Dunlap Mural Coloring Sheets
Dunlap Mural Puzzle Pieces

Smitty's Mural
The first mural, aptly nicknamed "the popsicle mural" was added to the parking lot side of Smitty's Grocery store in May of 2021. Smitty's has been a staple of Dunlap since 2002, owned by Dale Smith.

When designing a mural, the designer must take into account, the color scheme that already exists elsewhere on the building, the history and current purpose of the building, how well the design will translate to a larger scale and the audience that exists within the community.

Welcome Mural and Soda Mural
Dunlap's "Welcome Mural" touts a very simple design and is the only oil-based paint mural in town thus far. This eye-catching message is positioned on the side of a building owned by John and Dede Sullivan and used for storage by Sullivan Supply.

Pool Mural
In 1920, Dunlap's original swimming pool was built. The swimming pool and facilities that exist today were built in 1999. Community members felt that the pool's bath house could use a touch of color.

Bonsall's Mural
The side of Bonsall's warehouse building has been the location of many different murals throughout history. The "Robin Hood Flour Mural" was painted to pay homage to the mural that existed in this location in the 1940's. The Robin Hood imagery and an enhanced color scheme were added to make the mural more visually appealing.

Lincoln Highway Mural
Greg and Monica Stinn commissioned the painting of a mural on the side of their building to commemorate the Lincoln Highway as part of Dunlap's history. Monica designed the mural and community members helped paint. The Lincoln Highway is one of the earliest transcontinental highway routes for automobiles across the United States of America.

Veteran's Mural
The Dunlap American Legion, Post 224 brainstormed the design of the "Veteran's Mural," and legion members assisted in painting it. 

FFA Mural
The Boyer Valley FFA took on this project, with FFA members, families and supporters alike all contributing to this colorful, ag-themed mural. This building is the town's old "well house," located between the bottom of main street and the railroad tracks. Click here to view a fun video about the process.

Nothing Left Mural
This is Dunlap's smallest mural to date -- painted on a small wall at the very bottom of main street at a "T" intersection where the street splits into two one-ways. This wall overlooks the FFA mural below. 

Fish Mural
On the side of the restroom at Pleasant View Park, a fish mural was painted using paint from the Paint Iowa Beautiful Grant as part of the Iowa DNR REAP Grant-funded park enhancement project.