The ambitious DOWNTOWN MURAL PROJECT goal is to retell the story of Gallup, New Mexico through a series of Murals on wall spaces throughout Downtown. The Murals are best seen by taking a walking tour.
The Murals depict some of the city's proudest and saddest moments. The Artists were selected through a rigorous process overseen by Gallup Fine Arts Advisory. They represent some of the finest living artists in the area.
The Mural in the first picture depicts Native Indian arts and crafts.
The second mural is very colourful & beautiful, but sadly the paint is coming off
Called the "Indian Capital of the World, as GALLUP, NEW MEXICO is located in the Heart of Native Indian lands - Navajo - Zuni - Hopi - many other smaller tribes.
Gallup lies on Interstate 40 (Historic Route 66) 139 miles west of Albuquerque and 25 miles east of the Arizona border.
Gallup is the largest Indian Center in the Southwest and the ceremonial capital of Native America. The most numerous of Native Indians are the Navajo, who are widely recognized for their achievements in wool, with Navajo Rugs and Blankets being much sought after by Private collectors.
The Second major Native American settlement, Zuni Pueblo, is centered 35 miles south of Gallup. Zuni are best known for their intricate jewelry made from delicately cut turquoise set in sterling silver.
Another major tribe is the Hopi, known for their pottery and unique carved Kachinas Dolls.
Favorite thing: Gallup, New Mexico is one of the ROUTE 66 towns. We did a bit of Historic Route 66, which today is just a shadow of itself now and is incorporated into Highway 40. We drove through bits of Route 66 through the towns of Santa Rosa, Grants and Gallup. We stopped at one old Gas Station a few miles before Santa Rosa. I went inside and it was full of "Route 66" memorabilia.
Favorite thing: GRANTS is 70 miles west of Albuquerque via I-40 and 80 miles east of the New Mexico / Arizona border. Years before, you would traveled along Historic Route 66 to get to Grants. The History of Grants is the stuff Wild West legends are made of. Three brothers, Angus, Lewis and John Grant were contracted to build the railroad through this vast area. Base camps were established during the work westward. First, the area became known as Grant's Camp, then Grant's Station, and eventually just Grants.
Favorite thing: These are the city's and village's we drove through and by. Algodones, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, Isleta Pueblo, Los Lunas, Laguna, Pareje, Budville, Cubero, San Fidel, Grants, Continental Divide, Gallup
Favorite thing: Chaco Canyon is one of the best archeological sites in this area. You actually walk through the ruin as opposed to Canyon de Chelly where any ruins you could reach are blocked off.
Favorite thing: Witness the enchanting natural desert beauty of the four corners. Your travel through Indian Country is guanranteed to be a memorable experience.