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Centralia mural falling to water damage and crumbling wall

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 6:52 am

Central Bank of Boone County’s Centralia Bank will be forced to remove its iconic Centralia mural due to extensive water damage and a crumbling wall. Repairs to the wall will damage the mural significantly.

The soon-to-be-demolished mural at Central Bank’s Centralia branch.

“This is heart-breaking,” said Centralia Bank President Mike Watson. “We looked at every way possible to save it but it can’t be done. We will find ways to commemorate it but it is a hard loss.”

The mural, which depicts the history and culture of the city, was painted by the late Kelly William Poling of Chillicothe, Missouri. Poling was primarily known for a series of 15 murals in Chillicothe, Missouri, which made him uniquely qualified for this project.

Since the wall must be repaired, the bank is taking the opportunity to rebuild its drive-thru. While the work may cause some access issues for customers for short periods of time, the bank is doing everything it can to continue serving customers during the construction.

Mary Wilkerson, senior vice president, marketing, said work will begin after Labor Day.

“We have talked about what to do after the repairs and the construction of the new drive-thru but, until it is all done, we really can’t make a determination of what is best for that space.”