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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
Rockford, IL
This Octopus Car Wash 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. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The interior of this Rockford location has a neon and a stained glass octopus as well. [map]

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

There are currently seven Octopus Car Wash locations in Albuquerque and another in Farmington, NM. This location was probably 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. This statue will be moved to the Octopus Car Wash in Pueblo, CO. For more, see this website.

Octopus Car Wash
University Ave.
Madison, WI

Octopus Car Wash
E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI
Octopus Car Wash
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".

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 curls back towards its body unlike the others which extend and hold a vacuum. [University Ave. map]; [E. Washington map]; [Park St. map]; [Milwaukee map]

More Octopus statues:
Xiamen, China

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