The mural on the side of the Museum, depicting South Bend in 1911 was originally painted by Robert McCausland in 1991. We were extremely fortunate and grateful to Bob, the well-known retired SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER cartoonist, for volunteering his work and his artistry for this project. He worked from an old photography from the Museum collection which pictures a view of the town from “A” Street School looking east down what was then known as Water Street. In the foreground is seen the south bend of the river, planked walks on piling, the Albee Hotel, Redman Hall, Chamber of Commerce and the Baptist Church, stores and businesses along Water Street. On the hills above we see the high school, the “castle” and the just completed Pacific County Court House.
January 1992 PCHS Newsletter
“All members and friends are cordially invited to attend the dedication of the recently completed mural by Robert McCausland which appears on the outside east wall of the Museum. Mr. McCausland presents a scene of the Pacific County Seat, South Bend, as of 1915. This mural is a gift from Mr. McCausland to all the people of Pacific County. The program of acceptance will be held on Saturday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reception with refreshments in the Museum. We look forward to having you join us in thanking Bob McCausland for this great picture he has painted for all of us. We can help you identify the buildings and we also will have Bob’s working drawings on display in the Museum. Rain or Shine, try to be here. (Virginia Graves, Director)”
“In June 2003, Bob McCausland and assistant Gina Jane began refreshing the mural. “The Pacific County Mural presented several challenges, including the very rough wall texture, and the hot sun that often dried paint before it could be applied to the wall. Sponsors of the mural restoration project include the Willapa Heritage Foundation, Raymond Federal Bank, and Bud’s Lumber. The student artists, Justin Carey and Gena Jane, were selected by South Bend art teacher Candy Nichols. Mitch Vein was the project safety advisor. Scaffolding was provided by South Bend School District.” –Bruce Weilepp