Sometimes, it takes a simple effort to rally a city to remember its heritage. For members of the Eldon Community Foundation, that heritage lies on the train tracks that led to the creation of the city.

Sometimes, it takes a simple effort to rally a city to remember its heritage. For members of the Eldon Community Foundation, that heritage lies on the train tracks that led to the creation of the city.

Linda Scrivner, member of the 100 Empowered Women group, says that, alongside members of the Eldon Community Foundation, the idea was crafted to do something to help promote the history of the city. She says that the group comes up with yearly ideas to better Eldon. The idea of a mural was created years ago, but the funds generated by the group went to planting trees around Eldon in the wake of the tornado instead.

Since then, the plan was brought back to life and is ready to be unveiled. The mural will be displayed on the corner of E 2nd St and S Maple St near the city caboose.

Scrivner says the idea of the mural was to honor the importance of the railroad in Eldon. She explained the significance of trains, as if it weren’t for the decision to build a town around a train stop in this area, the town would never have been founded and the trains would have instead redirected through Aurora Springs. Scrivner hopes that this mural honoring that history will create a theme for Eldon moving forward, honoring its history.

“We think it’s very important for Eldon to have this mural. We are very excited to have it,” Scrivner said.

Another goal of Scrivner and groups involved with this mural is to help the younger generations of Eldon to learn their history. Considering everything going on in the world, Scrivner hopes this might help people focus on something new and learn a thing or two about where they live.

100 Empowered Women have another town mural planned, but Scrivner says it is still in early development.

The Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce is also excited to see the mural showcasing Eldon's rich railroad history when it is unveiled this Saturday evening.

“We know it will be enjoyed by many and are grateful to the Eldon Community Foundation and many others for bringing this work of public art to our community,” said Mary Oberreither, Executive Director of the Chamber.

The mural presentation will take place at the site of the mural on August 8 at 7:30 p.m. There will be speakers present to speak about and unveil the newest attraction in Eldon.