Discovering the Outdoor Art of New Hampshire: History in Nashua

History is painted on buildings in downtown Nashua

The “Yankee Flyer Diner” by James Aponovich is located in downtown Nashua. Photo by Susanna Hargreaves

In the heart of downtown Nashua is a mural painted by the world-renowned artist James Aponovich. The “Yankee Flyer Diner” is located almost directly across from City Hall on the east side of Main Street, next to Citizens Bank.

James Aponovich was born in Nashua, and his paintings are included in many prestigious collections throughout the country, including the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art and more.

According to Aponovich, the “Yankee Flyer Diner” is of the popular diner and a bygone era that no longer exists. He painted the mural in 1997 to capture his happy childhood memories of growing up in Nashua.

“We’ve lost that time, but we can visit it.” Aponovich says.

Admiring the mural may inspire an appetite. Just steps away is Bagel Alley, a Nashua fixture since 1980 at 1 Eldridge St. For an ice cream or a refreshing raspberry ricky, you won’t have to go far because Hayward’s Ice Cream (since 1940) serves 60 different flavors and is located at 7 Daniel Webster Hwy., in Nashua (but before you head out, be sure to check on the status of all restaurants you might want to patronize while the stay-at-home order is gradually lifted).

Discovering art can be a free, fun, family experience. See how great art can inspire you and your children. For the price of a tank of gas, art lovers don’t have to drive far to experience something meaningful.


Categories: NH History and Outdoor Art