The Tom Lea Trail
"Comanches" Tom Lea,1942
The Tom Lea mural "Comanches" is a striking piece of art that depicts the legendary Comanche Indians of Texas. Located in the Post Office in Seymour, Texas, the mural is an important part of our town's history and heritage. Tom Lea was a renowned artist and muralist who was born in El Paso, Texas in 1907. He is best known for his murals, which can be found in numerous public buildings throughout the state. Lea's murals often depicted the people and landscapes of Texas, and his work is celebrated for its realism and attention to details.
The "Comanches" mural was commissioned in 1941 by the Baylor County Historical Society, which wanted to commemorate the important role that the Comanche Indians played in the history of the region. The mural was completed, which is painted on a wall in the post office, was completed in 1942.
The mural is an impressive 22 feet wide and 10 feet tall, and it depicts a group of Comanche warriors on horseback, riding across the plains. The figures are shown in dramatic motion, with their horses rearing and their weapons raised. The figures are painted in bold, earthy colors that reflect the natural landscape of Texas.
The mural quickly became a beloved symbol of the town's heritage. In 1963, the mural was recognized as a Texas Historical Landmark, and it has since been restored several times to preserve its beauty and historical significance.
Today, the "Comanches" mural remains an important part of the Seymour community. Visitors to the post office can admire the mural and learn about the proud history of the Comanche Indians and their relationship to the land and people of Texas.
The mural is a testament to the enduring legacy of Tom Lea and his dedication to capturing the essence of Texas through his art
Tom Lea Trail Tour & Heritage Tradeshow
Seymour, Texas | April 13, 2024
We are thrilled to announce that our venue will be the proud host of this extraordinary event, where history, culture, and craftsmanship unite.
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Tome Lea Trail, a remarkable journey that retraces the steps of renowned explorer Tome Lea. From the bustling streets of historic towns to the awe-inspiring landscapes he once traversed, this trail is a testament to the spirit of exploration and adventure.
The Heritage Tradeshow is a unique opportunity to witness the skills and artistry of talented artisans from various fields. Discover the intricacies of traditional trades that have shaped our heritage, as skilled craftsmen showcase their expertise in blacksmithing, woodworking, weaving, and much more. Engage with the artisans, learn their stories, and witness firsthand the magic that goes into creating timeless masterpieces.
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Mark your calendars and join us on April 13, 2024, as we bring the Tom Lea Trail Tour and Heritage Tradeshow to its spectacular conclusion. Do not miss this opportunity to be part of a momentous event that will leave a lasting impression on your senses and ignite your passion for heritage. Subscribe now and embark on a journey like no other.
Tom Lea Biography
Thomas Calloway Lea III was born in El Paso, Texas, on July 11, 1907, at 4:44 in the morning, at Hotel Dieu Hospital. A day and time, his father said, would ensure he would be “lucky as hell at craps.” His father was Tom Lea Jr., a frontier lawyer, and his mother was Zola Utt Lea. His childhood memories included the sounds of the horses from the fire station trotting down Rio Grande Street and the excitement of being awakened by a tipica band playing in front of their home on Nevada Street after his father was elected mayor.
He also recalled the details of being escorted by policemen to Lamar Elementary School with his brother Joe after Pancho Villa put a price on his father’s head and threatened to kidnap the Lea boys. Young Tom attended public schools in El Paso from 1912-1924. Through his art teacher, Gertrude Evans, he learned about the Art Institute of Chicago and the noted muralist John Warner Norton, who taught there. Lea attended the Art Institute from 1924-1926, studied briefly under Norton and became his apprentice. He quietly and independently set about building his own standards, taking from his academic training whatever seemed useful to him as a craftsman.