Art in Ogallala
From bronze statues to murals, Ogallala offers an incredible array of beautiful artwork in public spaces.
“The Trail Boss” bronze atop Boot Hill is a must-see. At home in the rugged landscape of Ogallala’s historic cemetery, this drover faces south, looking back over the Texas Trail that brought so many drovers and herds of longhorns to town in the wild 1870s and 1880s. “The Trail Boss” is the creation of Texas artist Robert Summers. Ogallala’s statue was cast from the mold of the original work that is on display in Plano, TX.
Ogallala’s Post Office mural also depicts the town’s heritage as the railhead at the end of the Texas Trail. “Long Horns” by artist Frank Mechau was completed in 1938. It is an excellent example of the federally funded art projects of the 1930s that were created to provide employment during the Great Depression. Much of this artwork was created in small town post offices. The Post Office is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Artist Kate Jensen Witt has created three dynamic public murals located around her hometown of Ogallala.