Monday, June 24, 2013

Lynden Murals for Monday Murals

The town lies in a broad valley along the winding path of the Nooksack River which empties into nearby Bellingham Bay. The surrounding area is filled with dairy, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry farms. Even though not founded by them, the region saw significant Dutch immigration in the early and mid 1900s, spurring the growth of dairies. Now, many of the dairies have been converted into raspberry, blueberry, or strawberry fields.   Today, Lynden pays homage to some of its partial Dutch heritage through locations such as buildings on Front Street,and commercial building codes, where some businesses have been made-over with a Dutch/European theme, complete with a windmill. Along that street, you'll find a Dutch bakery, Dutch restaurant and numerous antiques stores. Some local supermarkets contain small Dutch food sections, but Dutch is spoken by very few of the town's residents today. In the last two decades, the population has nearly doubled in size, and most of the residents are a mix of standard American ethnicity, with Dutch being more predominate than other ethnic ancestry.
Many of the Buildings have wonderful murals on them.  Here are some.

 One of the many windmills.
 To see more Murals on Monday go to http://oaklanddailyphoto.blogspot. and enjoy

11 comments:

  1. Nice murals. Now one where somebody is cleaning the street in front of their house and the dutch feeling is complete. Thanks for showing.

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  2. Funny to see the dutch murals in your country. Some elements seem to be typical dutch als the lady cleaning the window, the wooden shoes and the tulips. The window cleaning is only done this way in little villages in the country maybe, but many people have it done by professionals now....

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  3. Two murals with two people that don't have their feet on the ground. Was the artist trying to send a message√Č The murals look so fresh.

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  4. I, like Andy, noted the folks who were just goofing off while everyone else was busy doing productive things. :) Nice murals, though. Interesting town. I'd say more but I'm afraid I'd get in dutch! (Where did that phrase come from?)

    You should know I had tripod and camera at the ready; even ran outside and snapped some shots none of which came out at all. The cloud cover was too much. I give up. If I need a moon I'll come to you!

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  5. Neat murals that make you look deep to see what is all going on. Thanks for visiting my disappearing town mural.

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  6. What a surprise to see so much Dutch influence! Great pics of the murals.

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  7. Hmmmm..., your description makes it sound like heaven and the murals are great! Is the windmill still used?

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  8. I have a Dutch-American reference in an upcoming post from this weekend's travels as well! Love the fallen clog in the mural, sweet detail.

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  9. These murals are full of character!

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  10. Oh, some people are so talented...love these...and love that windmill!

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  11. Great murals and what a lovely windmill, it looks so Dutch.

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