Wauna Federal Credit Union Unveils Mural to Celebrate Community History

Wauna Federal Credit Union unveiled a custom-designed mural painted on the roadside wall of its historic Astoria, Ore., branch earlier this month. The branch, located directly below the landmark five-mile-long Astoria-Megler Bridge, which connects Oregon and Washington, at one of the busiest intersections in Astoria, pays tribute to the region’s rich fishing tradition.

The concept of adding a mural to the site originated several years ago as the brain child of Debbie Huffman, a local member of the Wauna board of directors, and the Astoria branch manager, Jeff Parker. Highly regarded local artist Dorothy Danielson was then commissioned to produce an image that would represent the area’s history. Her inspiration was the butterfly fishing boats used on the Columbia River during the area’s formative years.

“This mural is our gift to the community and to the tourists who traverse this beautiful part of the United States,” said Debi Smiley, executive vice president and chief operations officer for the credit union. “It is a reminder of the importance of the Columbia River to this area, whether the fishing, the commerce, the recreation, or the incredible history dating back to the Lewis and Clark journeys and beyond.”

The 17-by-22 hand-painted mural was unveiled during a brief ceremony on July 9 to a group of city officials and local dignitaries gathered outside the nearly-100-year-old building.

Even as the credit union and the residents of Astoria celebrate the mural, concepts for its eventual replacement are being considered. The current mural will be displayed for two years, at which point it will be donated to a local organization and replaced with a new custom-designed mural.

 

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