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Artists recreate Historic Galatia with mural

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GALATIA, Ill. -- A new mural is underway on the side of the city's historical society building. 

Those working on the project say it's meant to depict Galatia in the early 1900s when the city was booming. Artists Kris Killman, and two others from the Little Egypt Arts Association, were brought on to create the painting. 

"We got the bank and Galatia had a train station," Killman said. "And on the very end we got a one-room school house."

Mary Finley, a member of the society, says the painting features buildings that once stood in town or are still there, "The mural itself is kind of a street scene, so its not exactly where the buildings were at the time." 

Finley explains the artists were able to create the scene by bringing old pictures back to life, "We have a lot of pictures that we had donated by people of the actual building." 

Killman says he and the other painters, are currently working on the mural's fine details. This includes a wagon pulling tobacco and automobiles true to the time period. 

"There's going to be a Model-T in the foreground with two gals in it," Killman said. "One gal in the seat and one gal cranking."

Meanwhile, both Killman and Finley say they've received warm feedback from locals who've got a glimpse of the mural. 

"Everyone is very proud of our town. They think it's a great idea," Killman.

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