DOUG HALL’S NEOSHO BIGSPRING BLUFF
When Neosho native artist Doug Hall was asked to do apainting of an iconic Neosho scene which could be used for bringing recognitionto Neosho, he had no trouble choosing a favorite spot: the bluff above the waterfallof the Big Spring Park.
This bluff has been thebackdrop of visitors’ photographs since the waters were brought under controlin the 1920’s.
Doug Hall is nationally known for his paintings of theWoodland Indians and historic accuracy. He imagined the Big Spring waters of the 1700s as they flowed freely over the flatlandsthat now make up the Park and the Neosho citySquare. Woodland tribes had migrated tothis area for its rich hunting grounds of deer, beaver, fish and buffalo drawnto the rich waters of Neosho. Neosho is an Osage word for waters.
The newly expanded Neosho Newton County Library unveiledDoug’s painting as a tile mural at the entrance to their new Community RoomSeptember 2018
Doug Hall haspainted all his life and he sold his first painting at age 10 for $2.50 on aweekend Neosho event of Art in the Park wherehe set up his easel on the long sidewalk to the wading pool. He is nationallyknown, but his gallery is in Neosho.
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