Work begins on the Route 66 tile murals at Boswell Park

Work begins on the Route 66 tile murals at Boswell Park

LDR photo/Kelly Morgan
 
Lebanon Route 66 Society President Bill Jones presses a tile against the wall at Boswell Park Friday. Jones laid a ceremonial tile for the park’s first Route 66 mural, as did Route 66 Society Vice President Gary Sosniecki, Lebanon Park Board President James Crawford, Lebanon Parks Director John Shelton and Laclede County Clerk Glenda Mott.

By: 
KELLY MORGAN KELLY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Several local dignitaries laid ceremonial tiles Friday as the first of three Route 66 murals began to take shape at Boswell Park.
 
Route 66 Society President Bill Jones, Route 66 Society Vice President Gary Sosniecki, Lebanon Park Board President James Crawford, Lebanon Parks Director John Shelton and Laclede County Clerk Glenda Mott each laid a ceremonial tile Friday after Ken Slankard of Whitehill Enterprises began work on Boswell Park’s first Route 66 mural.
 

The murals are funded through donations and will match the Route 66 theme that is being incorporated into the park through various renovations.
 
Whitehead Enterprises owner Paul Whitehead predicted that all of the tiles would be on the wall by Friday evening, and that Whitehill Enterprises would come back Saturday to add grout.
 
“I think we’re going to use like a charcoal-colored grout,” Whitehill said. “We’re not really trying to hide it. You want it to look like a mosaic. But it serves a purpose of sealing the whole mural.”
 
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