BOZEMAN — A 58-foot long, 8-foot high mural will be installed in May to cover plywood at the site of a 2009 natural gas explosion in Bozeman.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that students at Hawthorne Elementary School painted the mural this week with help from local artists as part of a project sponsored by the Downtown Bozeman Partnership.

The mural that has 14 panels includes Montana scenes such as an ice climber in Hyalite Canyon, a bobcat roaming downtown, and the Bridger Mountains containing the face of Sacajawea on a peak named after her.

There's also a bit of whimsy with a black dog with gold polka dots.

The gas explosion in March 2009 destroyed half a block of East Main Street and killed one woman.

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