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The History Murals of Ashland, Wisconsin

Should you ever find yourself in the town of Ashland, Wisconsin, make a point to see its wonderful collection of expertly rendered murals by local painters, Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen. Since 1998 Meredith and Prentice have been beautifying the streets of this lakeside hamlet with history-drenched images of epic proportion and skill. Find the vast majority of their works in the heart of downtown Ashland, in the area bounded by Lake Shore Drive, Beaser Avenue, 6th Street and Ellis Avenue. Don’t sleep on the outliers, though, as much of their most technically brilliant work is located on the outskirts of town, specifically, the Ashland Voyageurs Mural at the Quality Inn of Ashland, and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Mural out on County Road G. Hopefully by the time you take your tour, powers that be have found a new home for the 19th-Century Ashland Bayfront Mural, formerly located inside the McDonald’s at 720 West Lake Shore Drive, but currently missing in action.  Also, be sure to take note of the one work in our collection NOT by Meredith and/or Martinsen, the J.C. Moon/Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse Mural by Brian Olson, in the back alley of 411 West Main Street. ~I♥DM

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101 W Main St ~ Asaph Whittlesey Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ Summer 1998

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Lake side alley of 300 block of W Main St ~ Aviation, 1920s Jazz Era & Schiller Shoe Store Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ September 1999

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705 W Main St ~ Lighthouse Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ February 2000

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213 Chapple Ave ~ Dhooge’s Store Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ February 2000

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4th Avenue West & Main St ~ Lumberjack Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ August 2000

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4th Avenue West & Main St ~ Storefront Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ June 2003

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916 West Lake Shore Drive ~ Bureau of Indian Affairs Murals ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ Spring 2004

Two photos above © Lynn Adams. Reproduction without permission prohibited.

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Originally located inside the McDonald’s at 720 West Lake Shore Drive; currently in transition to a thus far undisclosed location ~ 19th-Century Ashland Bayfront Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ Fall 2004

Two photos above © Lynn Adams. Reproduction without permission prohibited.

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Vaughn & Main St ~ Veterans Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ July 2005

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30600 US Highway 2 ~ Quality Inn of Ashland Voyageurs Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ Fall 2006

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612 W Main St ~ 1950s Snapshots Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ June 2007

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124 W Main St ~ Waitress Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ June 2007

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301 W Main St ~ Ashland Oredock Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ August 2010

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101 W Main St ~ Historic Ellis Avenue Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ Summer 2012

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411 W Main St (In the alley) ~ J.C. Moon/Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse Mural ~ Brian Olson ~ 2012

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29270 County Hwy G ~ Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Mural ~ Kelly Meredith ~ September 2013

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3rd Avenue E & 11th St ~ Ashland Oredocker Football Mural ~ Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ August 2014

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306 W 3rd St ~ Railroad Mural ~ Kelly Meredith & Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ September 2014

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821 W Main St ~ Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Mural ~ Susan Prentice Martinsen ~ 2016

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

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