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Sphinxes, Tigers & Other Wild Cats Statues

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Sphinxes
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]

Sphinx
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.

Panther
Ochopee, FL
Tiger
Key West, FL
Tiger
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 was going to be moved to another school but the decision was ultimately to keep it where it was originally. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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 this website. 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

Tiger
Middleton, TN
Tiger
Natural Bridge, VA
This Tiger statue in Middleton is installed in front of Middleton High School. The tiger is the school mascot. [map]

This Tiger statue in Natural Bridge was created around the mid-1990s by Mark Cline. It is installed at an Exxon station. This statue was produced from the mold that Cline created when he made a tiger statue for Towson University. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Tiger Statues:
Gainesville, GA
Hysham, MT

Tigers
Detroit, MI
These Tigers are located at Comerica Park, the stadium of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The sculptures were designed/created by Michael Keropian for the new stadium which opened in 2000. There are nine tigers are at ballpark's entrances. The largest one at ground level is 15 feet tall while a couple on the roof are 30 feet long. The pillars are incised with tiger scratch marks and tiger heads with baseballs in their mouths. There are also two 80 foot tall baseball bats. For more, see this website. [map]

Wampus Cat
Conway, AR
This Wampus Cat is installed at Conway High School where he is the school's mascot. This mythological beast has six legs: four to run with and two to fight with. Wampus cats are usually depicted as gold with maroon stripes. However, this one is blue to match the school's color. These photos are from 2010. In 2013, a bronze Wampus Cat was installed at the round-about. The older statue is still there at the football field. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Wampus Cat
Itasca, TX
This Wampus Cat statue was installed at an Exxon station. This version of Wampus Cat has only two arms. The Wampus Cat is the local high school's mascot. It seems to be just a coincidence that the statue bears a resemblance to the standing tigers associated with Esso (later Exxon) gas stations. Esso's tigers were fiberglass while this statue is plaster over wire mesh. In 2009, this statue was hit by a car and badly damaged. It is now in a city storage yard. These photos are from 2011. It is not known if the statue will be repaired or destroyed. For more, see this website.

More Wild Cat Statues:
Panther (O'Fallon, IL)
Wildcat (Lexington, KY)
Panthers (Charlotte, NC)

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