A Glowing Visual of San Marco History

A Glowing Visual of San Marco History
The new mural along the side of the Locals’ Bar on Kings Avenue comes alive at night with glowing nods to San Marco’s history.

San Marco can add another mural to its growing collection with the new glow-in-the-dark mural at the Locals’ Bar, located at 1216 Kings Avenue.

Artist Steve Arflin, Jr. of The Arflin Creative Co. began the mural earlier this summer, and it is now completed in all its glowing glory. This is Arflin’s third glow-in-the-dark mural.

“I feel the glow that we got, the end product, the mixing it with the daytime effects…it all came out really, really great,” he said.

The Locals’ Bar has been in San Marco for 30 years and at this location for more than 20. Owner Preston Waldrop said he and his wife, Tina, collaborated with Arflin to come up with the final design, which includes nods to San Marco’s history and, he hopes, will serve as a conversation starter among his patrons. One such detail is a sign bearing the name “Oklahoma.”

“Back when San Marco was small and you had all these little San Marco, St. Nick areas, this particular area was considered to be Oklahoma,” Waldrop said, adding that it still used today on county records.

Another San Marco easter egg included in the mural is its train, a nod to the spur yard that used to be across the street from the bar, which was used to load or unload cargo from train cars.

“It has a lot of history to me, the love of the business. I think it’s a great art piece; it makes me proud,” he said. “Personally, I just love it.”

By Michele Leivas
Resident Community News

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