Photographs of the Chippewa Valley Used to Cover Veterans Home’s Wall

October 19, 2013 Travis Dewitz

Wisconsin Veterans Home

I was contacted by an architectural design firm some time back that was looking for photos from the Chippewa Valley that would be used in the new Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The design firm wanted the photos for use in a full size wall mural that would be of comfort for the local vets staying there. The new facility opened last year and I finally made it in to see my work permanently displayed. They ended up installing five of my images for the wall installation. The curved wall mural is right off from the main entrance to the Wisconsin Veterans Home. It is located at the intersection of multiple hallways located in what I would consider the commons. It is the main focal point as you enter the commons from the main entrance. The main photo of the mural is of a Norfolk Southern Triple Crown train crossing the Chippewa River in the city of Eau Claire near the  Cascade Tissue Plant (which can be seen in the photo below). The receptionist also told me that the photo mural is the talk of the veterans home which I think is great. Always makes me happy to know that others enjoy my photography and that it brings happiness to those that view it.

Wisconsin Veterans Home Mural Wall Paper Mill

Wisconsin Veterans Home Mural Wall 2


travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographTravis Dewitz is a remarkable photographer in the Chippewa Valley. He is well known for photographing local sceneries, landmarks, venues, buildings and people in various and ingenious ways. Though you not know him personally, his work provides a unique foundation of our local community and his photographs are unmistakable. Dewitz’s pictures are an impressive feat and preserve a moment; long after our travels are over, and our memories faded, photos are what remind us of the adventures we had and the connections to the people we met. Learn more about him here.

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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

Comments (4)

  1. Kyle Brown

    where in Chippewa Falls is this at ? my dad is a Vietnam vet i would like to bring him here.

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