Arvada Historical Society unveils mural paying tribute to city’s past at The Butchery

Historical photos from Strawberry Festival, Arvada’s first fire truck range from 1880s to 1920s

Rylee Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/20/22

A new mural showcasing Arvada’s history was unveiled at The Butchery on May 13.

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Arvada Historical Society unveils mural paying tribute to city’s past at The Butchery

Historical photos from Strawberry Festival, Arvada’s first fire truck range from 1880s to 1920s

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A new mural showcasing Arvada’s history was unveiled at The Butchery on May 13.

The steakhouse worked with the Arvada Historical Society and Concept Signs and Graphics to complete the mural, which features historical photos from the society’s archives that range in date from the 1880s to the 1920s.

Photos featured in the exhibit include a shot of the Strawberry Festival, Porter Smith carrying an American flag in 1917, an Arvada baseball team, an Arvada band, the Olde Town Flour Mill, the bridge across Clear Creek, Margaret Thomas donating a bell to the Methodist Church and Arvada’s first fire truck.

Butchery Owner Rick Bruening also owns Doug’s Diner, a chain of restaurants across Colorado, and said he always tries to add some local flavor to the décor of his establishments.

“Each restaurant is in a small town,” Bruening said. “We always try to do something to celebrate that town. Trying to bring something olde into something new, that way people don’t forget — you can’t forget where you came from… I think it’s just really good for people to understand their roots. Each restaurant in each town we try to be part of the town.”

Arvada Historical Society president Karen Miller said she was happy to work with a local business.

“We’re excited to partner with The Butchery to help share Arvada’s history,” Miller said.

Local historian Nancy Young compiled about 20 photos for Concept Sign’s sales consultant Mike Long to choose from. Long said that the age of the photos made finding ones of high enough quality to use was difficult.

“With Nancy’s help, we got a lot of photos,” Long said. “We took all the photos that we could in the art file they had, and we tried to do our best with this level of resolution.”

Young said the photo of the flour mill is unique because it’s one of the few where you can see the mill’s full basement.

“The flour mill photo is especially interesting because you can see the total basement,” Young said. “So, this is a pretty early photo of the mill.”

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