50 Mule Team {Sundays in my City}

If you read my about page, you know I travel back and forth between Tennessee and Alabama.  In my Alabama town, Jasper,  one of the programs the Walker County Arts Alliance has is the 50-mule Team Public Art Program.  For the next few Sundays I will be posting a few pictures of the mules that are set out about town.  A couple of months ago in this post, I posted a collage of the horses that my Tennessee city, Germantown, had put around town a few years back in honor of the 60th Horse Show.

Why Mules?
Historically, Alabama was mainly an agricultural and industrial state where many tasks were powered by draft animals.  working along the horses, mules were utilized on farms, in the mines, and in transportation.  Renowned for their hardiness, mules came to be the most important work animal in the state from the late nineteenth century, until they were replaced by machines around the middle of the twentieth century.

Meet a few of the mules today.

mouseover to see the other side of Hattie

mouseover to see the other side of Justice

mouseover to see other side of Parker

mouseover to see the other side of Ronnie
It’s fun to drive around and see if you can spot the mules.  Instead of where’s Waldo, it’s where’s the mules.
More to come next week.

Unknown Mami

8 Responses to “50 Mule Team {Sundays in my City}”

  1. Gretchen

    I always love finding 'creatures' in towns… the creativity is awesome!! These are all most wonderful… the colors are so bright (on most of them). Great captures!

  2. Tara R.

    I love these! In Pensacola, near where I live, we have pelicans statues. It's great to see how the themes are so imaginative and show off the regional character of each city. 

  3. AmysAdventures

    Houston did this with cows a few years back. It sure was fun!

  4. La Principessa Errante

    I love how cities adopt these programs it is such a win win for everyone.  Of course the term “twenty mule team”  comes from the 18 mule and 2 horse teams that hauled Borax out of the Death Valley area in my state of California.  Great shots, looking forward to more.   

  5. unknownmami

    I love these and I'm looking forward to seeing more. I was impressed by being able to roll my mouse over some and seeig the other side. I have no idea how you did that.

  6. del

    I love the mules, Hattie is my favourite.  There are a few towns in the area I grew up in that are now home to cows that look like they could be best friends, if only I could find the photos of them too.

  7. Kala

    I like that we can see both sides of some of these guys!  In Chicago, we had a huge display of cows several years back.


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