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Drawing a blank: Van Alstyne mural painted over

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A mural that once graced the wall of this Van Alstyne business has been painted over. (KTEN) A mural that once graced the wall of this Van Alstyne business has been painted over. (KTEN)
This mural on a downtown Van Alstyne building was recently painted over. (Courtesy) This mural on a downtown Van Alstyne building was recently painted over. (Courtesy)

VAN ALSTYNE, Texas -- People who call Van Alstyne home have mixed emotions about a decades-old mural that has disappeared from the side of a downtown business.

"I'm kind of upset because of the other one that they painted over," said Billy Darland. "It's just part of our history; they've been going there for a long time everybody's been seeing that."

The mural, on the side of a building next door to the post office on West Jefferson Street, dates back to 1998. It featured an image of an interurban passenger train that once linked the city to Dallas, Sherman and Denison, along with a horse-drawn cart and downtown businesses.

We talked to people on both sides of the debate, and here's what we found out: The business owners painted over the mural with plans of putting a new one its place.

The artist for the project is Cal Johnson of Abilene, and she has painted multiple city murals in the past.

The business owners said they have plans to incorporate things in the replacement painting they think represent Van Alstyne.

The family of the original mural's painter said the first artwork had a lot of meaning to long-time residents of the city. She added there were details in the painting she thinks are irreplaceable, details that made it iconic.

Donna Almon, who owns Fierce Motions in Dance, she was sad to see the original mural disappear, but is excited to see what lies ahead.

"I'm going to miss the mural, because it was something I looked forward to when I was coming to my business," said Donna Almon, owner of Fierce Motions in Dance. "I really don't think that they're not going to do the mural justice, for whatever they chose to put up there."

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