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118TH U.S.


312 Scurry St.
Big Spring, TX 79720

118th U.S. District Court Building, 132 Scurry Street fresco mural. 1938.

The mural is located in the foyer of the building which is open from 8 am to 4:45 pm.

The title is stems from a poem by Walt Whitman, a line of which is modified and inscribed on the mural:


O Pioneers, Democracy rests finally upon us, And our visions sweep through eternity.

The painting depicts a domestic scene of pioneer life on the West Texas prairie. The Section of Fine Arts liked to project images of stability with its frontier subjects and encouraged Hurd to add details that would communicate such, like fat chickens and clothes hanging on the line to dry. While the clothesline doesn’t appear in this composition, Hurd did include the plump poultry. In addition, Hurd attended to local details, incorporating Big Spring’s identify mesa, Signal Mountain, in the background.


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