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This is the second of two Ennis Creek murals painted by Corey Ench on the building that houses the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles. This one, set in 1889, portrays a group of early Port Angeles settlers, a utopian group called the Puget Sound Cooperative Colony. Hoping to improve their world, its founders were responsible for many Port Angeles firsts. They built the first Port Angeles opera house, many of the first local Christian churches and the first schoolhouse. The steam shipyard and lumber mill depicted in this mural were also the work of the Cooperative.

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Although the Cooperative disbanded after ten years many of its members remained in Port Angeles and contributed to its development.

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Both murals are nicely done. Here is a closer look at some of the detail work. The murals were completed in 1997.

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There are two “Ennis Creek” murals outside the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles that portray scenes of local history. Created by Corey Ench, the first mural portrays the Native American history of the Ennis Creek area. The scene is of a S’Klallam village in 1750, an era “before contact” with white men. The traditional canoes shown here are an historic design still used today. Each carved from a single cedar log, the boats are both seaworthy and beautiful.

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Because of the mural’s location it was impossible to back up far enough to get it into one frame. I know it can be stitched together in Photoshop but, regrettably, I don’t have the time and climbing gear to tackle that learning curve right now. I also haven’t cropped these shots. Above the diagonal of the roof line I was taken with how well the mural’s sky color caught the color of the day I was there.

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I’m finally back…I am so impressed with the software, Word Press, that allows me to “post” even when I am not home to do it…and a huge thank you to my brother Denton , who taught me how to use it.

This scene of the early settlement at Enis Creek is another of the murals that depicts the early history of Port Angeles, WA . “An interesting historical anecdote is that in 1862 President Lincoln signed an executive order that created the Port Angeles Township. Then in 1890, the U.S. Board of Trade designated Port Angeles as the “Second National City.” Washington, D.C., was still the “First National City.”” A visit to this site will clue you in to even historical tibits.
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