Fredericktown Ferry Mural Officially Unveiled

Sep 30, 2020

Art professor Todd Pinkham's work beautifies a bridge along the Monongahela River.

  • - Todd Pinkham speaks to a crowd at the mural dedication.

  • - A crowd gathers at the mural.

  • - Todd Pinkham adds a finishing touch to the mural.

  • - Todd Pinkham addresses the crowd.

  • - Larry Maggi (left), Washington County commissioner and Cal U trustee, and Todd Pinkham.

  • - A look at the Fredericktown mural.

  • - The hands of an artist.

  • - The overpass gets a makeover.

  • - Lettering on the overpass.

  • - Todd Pinkham finishes up the mural.

  • - A view of the mural.

Todd Pinkham, an art professor at Cal U, recently put the finishing touches on his work on the Monongahela River launch to the Fredericktown Ferry. 

The mural was formally unveiled at a ceremony in September attended by East Bethlehem Township commissioners and officials from the Mon River Towns Program and the National Road Heritage Corridor. The launch is located on Ferry Street off Route 88 South. 

The mural depicts the Fredericktown Ferry — aka “Fred” — which navigated the Mon River between Washington and Fayette counties. The boat operated from 1948 until 2013, when a bridge was built nearby as part of the Mon-Fayette Expressway. 

The mural is part of a new park developed by East Bethlehem Township.

The Mon River Towns Program, which provides funding to promote towns along the Monongahela River as regional assets, gave the Art Club at Cal U $5,000 and paid for materials to complete the project.