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Army Corps Says Mural Is Not Historical
June 8, 2017
We are extremely disappointed by this preliminary recommendation, which, for a variety of reasons, appears to be results-oriented.  Most egregiously, to reach this result, the Army Corps of Engineers had to find that the Bicentennial was not a significant event.  That is obviously a ridiculous statement.  However, there are a few steps left in this process, so we are still asking for your support.  I’ve worked on many disputes involving murals, and I’ve never seen a community this organized and unanimous in its support for a piece of public art. The Bicentennial Freedom Mural is both a patriotic historical piece and a major landmark.  There is a comment period ending on July 10, during which we would urge you to email the Corps at to show your support for the Mural.
Ideally, the lead in the Mural could be encapsulated and the Mural restored.  This would not be difficult.  But if that cannot happen, we would prefer that as much of the Mural be retained as possible and that the rest be repainted.  A final option would be to repaint the entire Mural as an exact replica, with the oversight of the original designers, who are still alive.  In fact, in an effort to cut right to the chase, I have made the offer of repainting to the U.S. Attorney on this case.  I await a response.  But the worst scenario would be for the Mural to be removed and replaced with some unknown contemporary work.  The Bicentennial Freedom Mural is the largest remaining monument to the Bicentennial in California.  It is one of the only such monuments in Southern California.  It is also an example of a style of community art from a simpler time that will not return.  Most importantly, it holds great significance for thousands of people who grew up with it or drove by it for decades.   
We ask that you continue to show your support for the Bicentennial Freedom Mural and not give up the fight just yet.  It has been a great honor to be involved with this community on this issue.
Thank you for your support,
Eric Bjorgum

Read Press Enterprise Article Here
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Now You Can Contact The Army Corps Directly!

The Corps has provided us the email address below, please use it to reflect the personal and/or historical importance the Bicentennial Mural holds for you. Please be respectful and request Col. Gibbs to work towards the restoration of this irreplaceable historic resource.

Contact: L.A. Corps, Col. Kirk Gibbs at

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History of the Mural
On June 17 1976 the Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural was completed.  On May 11th 2016, just weeks from it's 40th anniversary, the students who designed and painted it are coming back!  They will be meeting at the mural site with elected officials from Chino, Chino Hills, Eastvale, Norco, and Corona - along with other mural supporters.

After the gathering at the mural, the consultants will meet for a workshop with the Army Corps of Engineers at their near by offices, to discuss the Bicentennial Mural's Eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.

We all look forward to sharing goals that allow for the Bicentennial mural to be preserved for present and future generations.

~ Historical Information About The Mural ~

Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural in 1976
Prado Dam Mural, Corona CA

If you weren't there or your memory is a little fuzzy, the U.S. Bicentennial was the most massive volunteer movement in peacetime history.  Ten years in the making, there were 60,000 events planned across the Country.  KTLA-5 reporter Dave Mecham, said it best, "1976 was like the 4th of July on steroids and celebrated throughout the entire year".

Encouraged by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration in the summer of 1976, a group of Corona High School Students were inspired to do their own thing.  They designed and painted the Prado Dam Spillway with a Bicentennial theme.  As soon as the paint dried,  the mural, that's six times the size of Mt. Rushmore, was embraced by the community.

Bicentennial Memorabilia

Individuals, Indian Tribes and various groups were all invited to tell their stories for the Bicentennial.  From this participation came a greater learning experience and Americans added to their knowledge of history.

The creation of the Bicentennial Mural was truly a community effort, with the Spirit of
dedication, patriotism and friendship.  From the moms who fed the 30 students who participated, to all the volunteers who selflessly worked to make the mural a reality.  As the mural is in clear view of some 300,000 vehicles that pass by it daily, it has literally inspired millions. 

Sadly over the years, the mural has lacked a maintenance program.  Various groups like the Boy Scouts have had their offers of repairs turned down.  In May of 2014 there was a Public Notice on the L.A. Army Corps Website, stating they would be wiping out the Prado Dam Mural without determining if Historic properties are present or engaging the public.  On August 6th 2014, the Corps Public Affairs specialist stated there are no plans to repaint the spillway.  Then on October 15th 2014 the Corps announced they would seek public input on a replacement Mural.  It was now clear that the Corps did not recognize the historical significance of the mural. 

Petitions and Comments

Because of the outpouring from a Petition drive by the Public and their elected officials calling for the mural to be preserved, the L.A. Army Corps Of Engineers held a Public meeting at the Corona Preforming Arts Theater on April 9th 2015.  Over 300 mural supporters attended and unanimously supported the History and significance of the Mural.  The supporters were told by the Committee that there passion was heard loud and clear.

Public Army Corp April 9, 2015 Meeting Corona
Mural Supporters at Corona Performing Arts Center

It was an amazing night!  50 supporters got up to speak, even city council members voiced their support for the mural.  One of the supporters was present during the 1938 flood of the former City of Prado.  Then a young man stood up and said he would be 83 for the Countries Tricentennial and he wanted the Bicentennial Mural preserved, the applause was inspiring!

Prado Dam
Top of the Prado Dam Spillway

To the dismay of the public, on June 8th 2015, the Army Corps placed equipment on top of the Prado Dam spillway, to destroy the Bicentennial Mural.

Riverside Ca Federal Court + Bicentennial Mural
Supporters Go to Federal Court For an Injunction

Just hours before the Mural was to be destroyed, Attorney Eric Bjorgum, representing the
 Mural Conservancy of LA and Mural artist Ron Kammeyer went to Federal court and got a
 temporary injunction, halting the murals' destruction.  On August 25th 2015  Federal Judge
 Jesus Bernal handed down the court’s decision that plaintiffs have met the standard for
 entry of a preliminary injunction stopping further work on the Bicentennial Freedom Mural
 pending the final resolution of the case. 

Since the Judges decision, the Army Corps has agreed to assess the eligibility of the Mural for the National Record Of Historic Places, in consultation with the California State Historic Preservation Office.  Both parties have now agreed to put on hold their Federal case until this important, Section 106, review of the Mural is completed.  Over the next few months, consulting parties and the Public will weigh in on the Historic significance of the Mural.

Bicentennial Mural Supporters

The Bicentennial Mural heroes above, deserve our appreciation and support!  Starting from left, Isabel Rojas-Williams,  Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy of L.A.  Next is Eric Bjorgum Pasadena Attorney and advocate for Murals.  Next is Ron Kammeyer, Mural Artist and he is standing next to the original Mural Painters and now members of the Bicentennial Freedom Mural Conservancy.  Left to right, Jackie Cherrington, Terry Smith, former Corona High activities director David DiPiaolo and Jackie Travis.

The Mural Conservancy of L.A. is a non-profit organization, that is passionate about murals.  Without their hard work and diligence, the Bicentennial Mural would have been lost for all time. 

You can show your support for the fine work the Mural Conservancy of L.A. is doing for the Bicentennial Mural, by becoming a MCLA member.  It's only $20!  (Just Click on the link above)

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This website and effort to protect and restore our patriotic rights is done in the name of the Most High God and by His Provision  We further claim the Prado Dam Spillway in the name of Jesus for the continued display of the bicentennial mural and the message of freedom it gives to all Americans that pass by.  Mural and website protected by the cross of Christ.