History of Monroe, 1978

James Davis
(American, born 1934, died 2015)

Location: Park Place Middle School, Monroe


History of Monroe is a four-part series of richly detailed murals created by artist James Davis for Park Place Middle School. The murals feature oval-shaped "windows" into scenes representing Monroe's history and landmarks.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Monroe School District.


Late artist James L. Davis (1934-2015) was a Monroe, Washington-based art teacher, author and illustrator. He taught for the Snohomish School District for seventeen years. The Arts Council of Snohomish County named him Artist of the Year in 2014.

MediumAcrylic ink on muslin mounted on wood
DimensionsFour parts, 7.5 ft x 55 ft (largest), 7.5 ft x 10 ft (two parts), 10 ft x 13 ft
ID NumberWSAC1977.005.00A-C
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyMonroe School District
Artwork LocationPark Place Middle School
Commons (1 part), 2nd floor library (3 parts)
WA CountySnohomish
Site TypePublic School
Address1408 W Main St.
Monroe, WA 98272
Geo. Coordinates47.850300, -121.989385
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