Vale murals offer snapshots of Malheur County’s history

Frank Yraguen (right) discusses the establishment of Vale's murals, which capture the history and culture of Malheur County for all to see. The four other active members of the Vale Mural Society – (from right) Beth Wolfe, John Nalivka, Sheri Nalivka and Patty Yraguen – stand beside the "Sunday Go To Meetin'" mural on the Vale Christian Church. (The Enterprise/Ardeshir Tabrizian)

A walk through the city of Vale can be a history lesson.

Murals, painted on buildings throughout the town, tell the story of the Oregon Trail and Malheur County’s diverse communities.

The project was started in the early 1990s by a group of community members who formed the Vale Heritage Reflections Mural Society with the hope of breathing new life into the city.

“It was the idea of revitalizing Vale,” said Frank Yraguen, legal representative . . .