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Hidden art uncovered, restored on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad mural
Posted at 5:38 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 18:40:49-04

VALLEY VIEW, Ohio — A work of art hidden under carpet and glue was uncovered by Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad volunteers who were restoring the Saint Lucie Sound rail car, according to an article by our media affiliate Akron Beacon Journal.

A mural depicting Seminole Indians was discovered under thick glue and carpeting along the side of the curved bar on the rail car, the article said.

Officials from Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad believe the artwork dates back to 1946 and was covered up in the 1980s when a bar was extended and refurbished, according to the article.

The linoleum mural wasn’t discovered again until 2014 during restoration of the rail car. Volunteers spent 1,494 hours and used 262 scalpels to carefully remove the carpet and glue without damaging the soft linoleum artwork underneath it, the article said.

The completed restoration was shown to the public for the first time on Thursday in Valley View.