Justin Gibbens
Pacific Northwest Legends (2015)
A Natural History
Under Railroad Tracks
Spokane, Washington

In the fall of 2015, Will Bow assisted Justin Gibbens in completing a mural project for the City of Spokane. Located under the BNSF Tunnel on Post Street, this project was funded through the Spokane Arts Commission. Gibbens' 8-panel mural concept showcases historical and contemporary cryptids that inhabit the collective imagination of the Pacific Northwest. Each panel measures 7 x 17 feet. [from Justin Gibbens website]
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The Plaque
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:57:24 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
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A bronze plaque on the wall just outside the railway overpass described the mural.

Pacific northwest Legends:
A Natural History
by
Justin Gibbens & Will Bow
2015
This mural is a project of Spokane Arts Fund
Thank you Miller Paint of Spokane


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Thunderbird
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:57:33 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
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The thunderbird is a legendary creature in certain North American indigenous peoples' history and culture. It is considered a supernatural being of power and strength. It is especially important, and frequently depicted, in the art, songs and oral histories of many Pacific Northwest Coast cultures, but is also found in various forms among some peoples of the American Southwest, East Coast of the United States, Great Lakes, and Great Plains. [from wikipedia external link]


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Skin-Walker
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:57:44 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
© 2017 Bryan Costales
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In Navajo culture, a skin-walker is a type of harmful witch who has the ability to turn into, possess, or disguise themselves as an animal, usually for the purposes of harming people. Most skin-walker magic is done with the intent to commit murder. [from wikipedia external link]


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Tree Octopus
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:57:53 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
© 2017 Bryan Costales
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#C17_4060


The Pacific Northwest tree octopus is an Internet hoax created in 1998 by Lyle Zapato. This fictitious endangered species of cephalopod was given the Latin name "Octopus paxarbolis" (the species name being coined from Latin pax, the root of Pacific, and Spanish arbol meaning "tree"). It was purportedly able to live both on land and in water, and was said to live in the Olympic National Forest and nearby rivers, spawning in water where its eggs are laid. [from wikipedia external link]


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Pacific Merman
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:58:12 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
© 2017 Bryan Costales
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A merman is half man, half fish. But, unlike a mermaid where the lower half is fish, the upper half of the merman is fish.


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Ogopogo
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:58:32 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
© 2017 Bryan Costales
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In Canadian folklore, Ogopogo or Naitaka is a lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. Ogopogo has been allegedly seen by First Nations people since the 19th century. The most common description of Ogopogo is a 12 to 15 meter long (40 to 50 foot) sea serpent resembling an extinct Basilosaurus or Mosasaurus. [paraphrased from wikipedia external link]


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Jackalope
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:58:44 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
© 2017 Bryan Costales
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The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore (a fearsome critter) described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns. The word "jackalope" is a portmanteau of "jackrabbit" and "antelope", although the jackrabbit is not a rabbit, and the pronghorn is not an antelope. Also, many jackalope taxidermy mounts, including the original, are actually made with deer antlers. [from wikipedia external link]


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Sasquatch
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:59:18 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
© 2017 Bryan Costales
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Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) is a cryptid which supposedly is a simian-like creature of American folklore that is said to inhabit forests, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. [from wikipedia external link]


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Ozwald
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Pacific Northwest Legends external link (2015)
A Natural History
Artist: Justin Gibbens external link with Will Bow
Under BNSF Railroad external link Tracks
Post Street
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 06:59:30 Tuesday 20 June 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 5 August 2017)
© 2017 Bryan Costales
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Ozwald is named after the flying monkeys of "The Wizard of Oz" book and movie.


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