Sunday, April 30, 2006

John McQuarrie mural artist for the Mesa Railroad Station

From: "Ron Peters"

I am doing some research on John McQuarrie. He apparently was the mural artist for the Mesa Railroad station built in 1931 Demolished in 1975. I am trying to find out if there is a record of his murals and copies. I would sure like to find a copy of the mural he did for the mesa station. It was centered around the Salt river Valley and conquest of the Indians by the Morman settlers. Any help would be appreciated.

—Ron Peters

John McQuarrie, Obituary, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/30/1944. Courtesy of the G.J. 'Chris' Graves Collection.


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See related comments about John McQuarrie.

4/30/2006 7:32 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kevin"

Considering that John MacQuarrie also did the idealized mural in Southern Pacific Company's Sacramento, CA depot of the 1920s, I now wonder to what extent SP used the artist's services in other depots across its system. To this date, I was not aware of his mural work outside of Sacramento.


4/30/2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "John Snyder"

... He also did the murals at Palo Alto and San Jose, Salt Lake City, and elsewhere. ...


5/03/2006 6:13 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Ron Peters"

Yes, but is there any record of his works?


5/03/2006 7:55 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Ron Peters"

No record given of any list or depository of Johns paintings or Murals.

Thanks anyway.

5/03/2006 7:58 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Also see the artist's study for the SPRR Sacramento Depot Mural, c.1929.

11/24/2006 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Work at "The Depot" in Salt Lake City, which is on the Historic Register, but is now a "Dinning and
Music Venue" However, the integrity of the ticket area is preserved. This area holds one of J.McQuarrie's murals, Mormon Pioneers with a team of oxen. If you are a fan and haven't seen this mural you should go! Mainly, because the people who people who pass under this artwork on a daily basis have no appreciation.
I feel that this peice of Americana is getting lonely, and the romance and charm of train travel is a dying.
A History Buff and a Thirty Something Bartender!
A rare specieces!
A Dog

6/26/2007 3:12 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Patricia Triumpho Sullivan"

I am trying to find information on J. MacQuarrie who painted the mural at the Salinas, California train station, dated 1941. Could this be the same one from Mesa, AZ? Anyone know how many train stations he painted murals in? Was he working for the railroad, or as a part of the TRAP project? Any info will help - it is for a public art informational brouchure about Salinas. Thanks!

Trish Sullivan

10/03/2008 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been researching John MacQuarrie for 2 years. I have pictures of 7 of his RR depot murals. I'm awaiting pictures on 2 more and trying to find pictures of the 2 in Mesa that were destroyed when the station was torn down. I will be happy to share the information I have, if you are interested.

I also have pictures of 2 more murals in a church and in a theatre.

Bruno Morelli

11/26/2008 3:04 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Dear Bruno Morelli,

Thanks for your post and generous offer to share the information. Please e-mail the information and photo's to

Much appreciated!

11/27/2008 12:28 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See related discussion.

12/30/2008 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Jose Antonio Rubio said...

John MacQuarrie also designed the carpet at St. Patrick Seminary Chapel in Menlo Park, CA
Jose Antonio Rubio

7/09/2009 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm standing here looking at two murals he did in 1941 in the Salinas, Ca train station

7/03/2012 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm here because on a recent trip to the San Jose RR station I admired the mural of a wedding party enroute via ox cart done by J. MacQuarrie. Indian guiding oxen and robed Franciscan priest accompanying the group. Beautiful work....I would love a copy.
Do they exist?

10/16/2014 8:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am looking for photos or images of MacQuarrie's mural of the Southern Pacific Daylight traveling through the Salinas Valley. The original is still at the Salinas Amtrak station (along with a second MacQuarrie). Can't find anything by googling. This is for a project I am working on.

1/20/2022 3:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

For the just-posted request for MacQuarrie's SP Daylight traveling through the Salinas Valley, please contact Thanks!

1/20/2022 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See Salinas railroad station mural photographs:
Mural 1
Mural 2
Mural 3

Search used to find the above.

1/20/2022 9:28 PM  

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