Hannibal's Hydrants Get Some Custom Paint

Aug 20, 2013

Some rusty, faded fire hydrants in Hannibal, Missouri are getting creative touch-ups.

Julie Rolsen owns a gift shop in the Mississippi River town and also runs a bed and breakfast.  This spring, city leaders granted Rolsen permission to launch the "Hannibal Hydrant Project".

Inspired by similar public art in Canada, she's volunteering her paintbrush to create an artsy walking tour for visitors. Rolsen joined Peter Gray on Illinois Edition to talk about her work - and how locals are responding.