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Giant Cougar
Temple Hills, MD
Giant Cougar
Zebulon, NC
Giant Cougar
Cincinnati, OH
Giant Cougar
Indianapolis, IN (now Greenfield, IN)
These Cougar statues were built for Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in the late 1960s. They are about 12 feet tall.

The Cougar in Temple Hills was on the roof of the Wilson Powell DARCARS Lincoln Mercury dealership when the first photo was taken in 2004. They were remodeling and looking to sell the statue then. Fortunately, that never happened and the Cougar is now located prominently on the corner of their lot. The fiberglass Cougar has been there since 1971. In 2012, the dealership ceased selling Lincoln Mercury cars and became a Kia dealership. The Cougar was still there in 2014. [map]

The Cougar in Zebulon was originally installed on the roof of the Leith Lincoln-Mercury dealership in downtown Raleigh, NC. He is now parked on a trailer in front of what was Carolina Classic Cars. This statue still has a few whiskers left. These photos are from 2012. Later that year, the business moved to a new location and brought the Cougar along. By 2016, the dealership was gone but the Cougar was still there. [map]

The Cougar in Cincinnati is located at Alford Motors. It was previously installed on the roof of Stillpass Lincoln-Mercury in Cincinnati. It had been there since around 1968. It was removed in 1988 with the plan to donate it to a school. I don't think that ever happened. Alford Motors bought the statue on eBay. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cougar in Indianapolis was installed on the roof of the Crossroads Lincoln Mercury dealership in 1974. The dealership would dress him up for the holidays. In the late 1960s, Crossroads had live cougars in their showroom. In 1977, someone shot the statue with arrows and painted blood stains on him. In 2000, when Crossroads started selling Fords, they were required to remove the Cougar. The statue was repainted and moved behind the dealership at that point. By 2006, it was moved to front of the dealership (first row, first photo). In 2009, the dealership closed and the statue was relocated to the football field at Greenfield-Central High School in Greenfield, IN (second row of photos above). The school's sports teams are known as the Cougars. [first row: first photo thanks Crawford Appleby] [map]

If you know of any other Cougar statues like these, I'd love to know about them.

Cougars [gone]
Spokane, WA
This pair of Cougars was installed inside the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza Building in 1996. The bronze statues were located in a fountain between the escalators. They were created by Ken Spiering. In 2017, the statues were removed during renovations. They will be installed outside next to a new elevator on the south side of the building.

Thomasville, NC
McHenry, IL
Giant Lion
Wilmington, NC
The Lion in Thomasville advertises for the local Lions Club. It was built in the early 1950s. At one time, it was displayed on Christmas parade floats. This photo is from 2010. The statue was painted more naturalistic colors in 2008. [map]

The Lions in McHenry have flanked the driveway of Extreme Jeep since 1997. This photo is from 2008. By 2012, the dealership was gone and the property was being used by the Fox River Flea Market. Prior to being installed here, the statues were located at a Toyota dealership in Evanston, IL. The fiberglass lions were created in 1975 and originally installed at the entrance of Old Chicago, a now defunct amusement park in Bolingbrook, IL. The statues were inspired by the pair of bronze lions at Chicago's Art Institute. [map]

The Lion statue in Wilmington is located at the entrance to Tregembo Animal Park which opened in 1952 as the Tote Em In Zoo. For more, see this website. [map]

El Monte, CA
This bronze Lion is located at El Monte High School. The statue came from Gay's Lion Farm which operated in El Monte from 1924-1944. This statue was donated to the school in 1948. The school's mascot is the lion. The statue was damaged in 1979 when vandals placed a grenade in its mouth. The statue was repaired. [map]

Fresno, CA
Giant Lion
Las Vegas, NV
This Lion in Fresno functions as a drinking fountain at Playland, an amusement park. Playland opened in 1955. I don't know how old this statue is. There are other mass-produced lion drinking fountains around the country but I have not seen one like this one at Playland anywhere else.

This Giant Lion in Las Vegas was installed in front of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in 1998. The statue is 45 feet tall. It replaced a larger, less realistic lion that functioned as the hotel's entrance when it opened in 1993. At least part of the reason for the replacement was because Asian tourists felt it was bad luck to enter the mouth of a lion. For more, see this website. [map]

Lions Club International
Augusta, WI
Buffalo, NY
I believe this Lions Club International statue is unique. The design may have been inspired by Case Eagle statues or it may have originated as a Case statue and been reworked. [map]

There are four marble Lions in Buffalo at the base of the McKinley Memorial. They were sculpted by Alexander Phimister Proctor in 1907. The sleeping lions are a tribute to the loss of President McKinley. He was assassinated in Buffalo at the opening of the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. The lions are 12 feet long and symbolize strength. For more, see this website. [map]

Kansas City, MO
There are two granite Lioness statues installed in front of the Kansas City Life Insurance Company Building. They were produced by Jorgen C. Dreyer in 1924. [map]

More Lion Statues:
Lion (Bonita Springs, FL)
Lion (McIntosh, MN)
Bascom, OH

El Paso, TX
This pair of Sphinxes were installed at the Scottish Rite Temple in 1966. The terra cotta statues were cast in Perth Amboy, NJ. The same mold was later used to produce the Sphinxes at the Lee Lockwood Library in Waco, TX. These statues were modeled after the Sphinxes at the Scottish Rite Temple in Washington, DC. For more, see this website. [map]

Philadelphia, PA
This Sphinx is one of a pair inside the Masonic Temple. It is made of cast iron and faced with bronze. The Temple was built in 1873. These statues were either installed then or shortly thereafter.

Ochopee, FL
Key West, FL
McPherson, KS
This giant Panther is located at the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters. Florida panthers are an endangered species. For more, see this website. [map]

The Tiger in Key West stood in front of Glynn Archer Elementary School when this photo was taken in 2009. The tiger was the school's mascot. The sheet metal sculpture was produced by George Carey and his Key West High School welding class in 1986. In 2013, the school closed and was about to be converted into a new City Hall. The tiger statue was moved to Horace O'Bryant Middle School. For more, see this website.

The Tiger in McPherson is installed in front of Central Christian College. The tiger is the school's mascot. [map]

Esso Tigers [gone]
Mount Ephraim, NJ

Esso Tiger [gone]
Verona, PA
These fiberglass Tigers in Mount Ephraim were located at an Exxon station in Deptford, NJ before being moving here in the 1990s. The upright tiger is an example of the statues that were mass-produced for Esso in the 1960s or early 1970s. They were used in conjunction with the company's "Put a Tiger in Your Tank" advertising campaign. There are only a couple others that I know of still standing at gas stations. The smaller tiger was probably not made for Esso and might have come from a mini golf. These photos are from 2009. The statues were still there in 2013. However, by 2015, the Exxon station became a Union 76 station and the statues were removed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This Tiger in Verona stood in front of T.E. Fall Automotive, a repair shop. The building was probably an Esso station originally. The statue's feet have been encased in cement. This was probably done to deter thieves. The statue was still there in 2013 but gone by 2015.

Esso Tiger
Lake Ozark, MO
Esso Tiger [gone]
Salisbury, MA
These Esso Tiger statues were installed on the roofs of Esso gas stations. They were produced in the mid-1960s by International Fiberglass. These statues came in two sizes: three and seven feet long. Since there was no exclusive contract with Esso, International Fiberglass produced these signs with different colors and stripes and sold them to other customers. These Cougars were produced with a golden paint job and shorn whiskers [photo thanks Terry Nelson]. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. These International Fiberglass photos courtesy of Terry Nelson: 1 and 2.

The Tiger in Lake Ozark was located at the Two-Bit Town mini golf course when this photo was taken in 2010. Two-Bit Town was closed by 2013. In 2016, it was announced that this statue and the others at Two-Bit would be moved to a water park in town.

The Tiger in Salisbury was installed on the office roof of Salisbury Mini Golf & Kart Land. This place was previously known as Adventure Golf. It had been abandoned for years. This photo was from 2010. Later that year, the tiger was gone.

Esso Tiger
Richmond, TX
This Esso Tiger is located at Horsch Tire & Service Center. I don't know how long this statue has been here or if this building was originally an Esso station. [map]

Esso Tiger
Guymon, OK
This Esso Tiger is installed on top of the pole sign at Tiger Auto Sales, a used car dealer. The tiger is the mascot of the local schools' sports teams. [map]

More Esso Tiger Statues:
Atlanta, GA [vintage; gone]
Anderson, MO
Hendersonville, NC
Cortland, NY
Gloversville, NY
Newport, RI
Toano, VA

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