Eisenhower mural on display in downtown Denison

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - The mural of Denison native, President Dwight Eisenhower can be found on the corner of Burnett and Chestnut. It was completed in just a few days, and was also painted by a Denison native.

The new Eisenhower mural has caught the attention of Sherman business owner Ruth Williamson, who plans on having murals near her building.

"I really like it! Its very well executed, I think its attractive to do these kinds of things down town," she said.

Denison City Councilman Brian Hander was looking for skilled painters to add more murals to an already vibrant art scene in town.

Steven Bohall wanted to make the trip from his current home in Kansas City to help out.

"I had done a portrait of (President) Truman up here in Kansas City, and I sent that to him, and he liked it a lot. I asked him if he would be willing to let me come down and paint Dwight Eisenhower, and he jumped all over it," said Bohall.

The murals were paid for by the money Hander has made from the books he's written about the history of Denison.

"Its good for us to honor Eisenhower, he was a great president, he was born here, he came back to Denison several times. Its cool to see him in another place other than the birthplace, bringing him into downtown," said Hander.

The city has other murals in the works, including Denison native Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed a plane carrying 150 people on the Hudson River in 2009.

Hander's goal is for others to appreciate the town's past.

"We have one of the most unique histories, I feel like. I don't think anyone has the stories we have, or the personalities we've had in the past. All of the people that helped make Denison what it is today is a reason to celebrate," said Hander.

"It was really neat to come back and give back to the town that had given a lot to me, and getting to honor Eisenhower, its so cool," said Bohall.

A city of Denison representative says the mural of Sullenberger should be completed by the end of the year.