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Octopus Statues

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Octopus
Scranton, PA
Giant Octopus [gone?]
Port Isabel, TX
This Octopus in Scranton is located on the roof of Cooper's Seafood House. He holds a pirate in one of his arms. Cooper's building is shaped like a ship and there is also a lighthouse at one end and several other pirate statues. [map]

This Octopus in Port Isabel was pretty beat-up when this photo was taken in 2008. I don't know if it is still there. I didn't make note of the location and I can't find it anywhere at Google Street View now. My guess is that the store below was some sort of souvenir stand.

Octopus and Pirates
Wildwood, NJ
This Octopus and Pirates are located at Old Time Photos on the boardwalk. They were created by Mark Cline in 2011. The skull and wrecked ship have been there since at least 2007.

Octopus Car Wash [gone]
Rockford, IL
The Octopus Car Wash chain was established in Rock Island, IL in 1953. These 10 foot tall octopus statues were developed around 1965. There were about 25 of them built at a Wisconsin factory. The first statues were installed in the Midwest. I believe there are only two left on public display now: Sterling, IL and Milwaukee, WI. For more, see this website.

The interior of this Rockford location had a neon and a stained glass octopus as well. The other Rockford locations were sold to Mister Car Wash in 2015. In 2016, this location also became a Mister Car Wash. The sign was reworked and the octopus was removed. For more, see this website.

Octopus Car Wash
Sterling, IL
Octopus Car Wash [gone]
Albuquerque, NM
The Octopus Car Wash in Sterling is now the only location open in Illinois. [map]

There are currently seven Octopus Car Wash locations in Albuquerque and another in Farmington, NM. This location was apparently adapted from a pre-existing car wash. The octopus statue was installed in 1995. These photos are from 2012. The octopus was removed in 2014 when the Albuquerque locations became Mister Car Washes. There were plans to move this statue to the Octopus Car Wash in Pueblo, CO. However, as of 2015, it was not there. For more, see this website.

Octopus Car Wash [gone]
University Ave.
Madison, WI

Octopus Car Wash [gone]
E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI
Octopus Car Wash [gone]
Park St.
Madison, WI
Octopus Car Wash
Milwaukee, WI
There are about 23 Octopus Car Wash locations in six states: Arizona (4), Colorado (3), Illinois (2), Florida (2), New Mexico (8), and Wisconsin (4). The spinning octopus mascot is named "Ozzie". In 2015, the Madison locations were sold to the Mister Car Wash chain based in Tucson, AZ. The same company bought the Albuquerque locations in 2014. The Madison octopus statues have been removed. I don't know if the Milwaukee location was also part of the deal or how the sale will impact the any of the other locations and statues.

The University Ave. sign shown in the top row above had flags on the poles when the first photo as taken in 2006. The other photos of that location are from 2011. The front arm of the Park St. octopus curled back towards its body unlike the others which extend and hold a vacuum.

In 2015, it was announced that the E. Washington Ave. location's statue would be relocated somewhere else in town. I don't know if that has happened.

The Milwaukee statue is still there and the owner says it will be staying. She also assured me that the ones that were removed from Madison are in storage and that the owner is looking for place(s) to display them. [Milwaukee map]

More Octopus statues:
Gulf Shores, AL
Ocean City, NJ
Xiamen, China

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