Snowshoe Thompson (1827– 1826).The mural of Snowshoe Thompson was the first mural project sponsored by the City of Placerville’s Community Pride Committee. Muralist Oren Miller completed the public art on the Bayles Building, privately-owned by Pat Blackwell. In 1855, the Bayles Building became the local post office, thus beginning the legend of Snowshoe Thompson.
Snowshoe Thompson is known as the “Hero of the Sierra.” Born in Norway, Jon Torsteinson Rui (John Albert Thompson) immigrated to America with his family at the age of 10. In 1856, Jon went to work for George Chorpenning carrying mail across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Jon fashioned “snowskates” that were 10 ft. long & 4 in. wide. He traveled from Placerville,CA to Genoa, NV & back during the harsh Sierra winters. His strength, courage, & endurance earned him the title “Hero of the Sierra.” Snowshoe lived in Diamond Valley, NV & is buried in the Genoa, NV cemetery.
Artist Debra Power designed and painted the fairy community in Placerville. The small murals are hidden along walls & planter boxes located adjacent to the W. S. Kirk - City Hall Parking Lots, near the Old City Hall Building.
Wall at Mooney Lot
The retaining wall that separates the Mooney Parking Lot from pedestrians was in disrepair until Community Pride members Steve Youel, Tim Daviess, and Debra Power were granted permission on April 26, 2011 to repair and paint the dilapidated wall. A Triomphe L 'oeil rock wall was designed to compliment the dry stack rock walls built during the historic gold rush days. Native vegetation such as monkey flowers, lupines, and CA fuchsias were included. Native animals such as ringtail cats and Sierra Salamanders can also be found. As the project progressed, even a small community of country mice evolved around each drainage hole.
Fairy Garden @ Old City Hall
Snowshoe Thompson Mural