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Living in natural and racial harmony

In the late 1800s, the area around West Irving Station then called Bear Creek was unusual in that black and white settlers lived and farmed peacefully side by side. The area has retained much of its natural character, and the surrounding neighborhoods are still a model of racial harmony.

West Irving Station FenceStation art and design honor both Bear Creek and local history. A sloped area between the parking lot and the station evokes a creek with smooth river rocks arranged in a flowing pattern and native grasses forming the "banks." Paver patterns and colors symbolize a creek flowing out from the platform into the landscaping, which makes a graceful, natural transition into the woods surrounding the station.

Metal banners in the parking lot feature silhouette cutouts that depict the early settlers' lives, and 30 pavers illustrate their mementos and other representations of the period.

Design Artist: David Hickman

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