Centralia has a rich history and the mural was painted to depict parts of that history. Centralia was known as the Prairie Queen because of the vast prairie upon which it was founded. The city's founding fathers commissioned an artist to record the best qualities of the ladies of Centralia. Those qualities were combined into one image and that drawing became known as the Prairie Queen.
In this mural, the Prairie Queen is opening the book of Centralia's history. Central to the city's history is the railroad. The stagecoach was also important to transportation, and the stagecoach in the mural represents the events leading up to the Centralia Massacre.
Flags representing both Union and Confederate forces are included in the image because Centralia's population was divided during the Civil War. The mural is located at the corner of Railroad and Allen streets.