Art treasure uncovered by Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad volunteers restoring the Saint Lucie Sound rail car

Art treasure uncovered by Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad volunteers restoring the Saint Lucie Sound rail car

Akron Beacon Journal | Craig Webb, May 30, 2019

It has been hidden from view for nearly four decades.

Covered by thick glue and carpet, the mural depicting Seminole Indians along the side of the curved bar on the Saint Lucie Sound rail car was all but forgotten.

The mural dates back to 1946 — a time when traveling by rail was a luxury — and the artwork was befitting for the Florida East Coast Railroad’s runs through the region where the Native American tribe called home.

Officials from Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which now owns the rail car, believe the mural was covered up in the 1980s when a bar was extended and refurbished.

And it wasn’t discovered again until 2014 when volunteers from the scenic railroad began peeling back the carpet and found the intricate mural that is made of pieces of linoleum — yes, that same stuff that was once popular on kitchen floors — as they worked to restore the rail car donated by the Haslinger family in the 1990s.

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Katie Brewer

Katie Brewer