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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]
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
The Octopus Car Wash chain was established in Rock Island, IL in 1953. At the company's peak, there were 30 locations built in Wisconsin, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, and Florida. The spinning octopus mascot is named "Ozzie". 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 Wisconsin. There are only three left now on public display in Milwaukee, WI; Sterling, IL; and Farmington, NM.

In 2014 and 2015, the Madison and Albuquerque locations were sold to the Mister Car Wash chain based in Tucson, AZ. Those statues were removed. In 2017, Mister Car Wash bought the Farmington, NM and Pueblo, CO locations. There are still locations in Tucson, AZ; the Denver, CO area, and the Orlando, FL area but none of them have these statues. For more, see this website.

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.

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 front arm of the Park St. octopus curled back towards its body unlike the others which extend and hold a vacuum.

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. [map]

Octopus Car Wash [gone]
Rockford, IL
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
Farmington, NM

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

The Farmington location opened sometime after 2012. This statue was previously used in annual parades in Crystal, MN. I don't know how it wound up in Farmington (or Crystal for that matter). Just after this photo of the was taken in 2017, it was announced that this location had been sold to Mister Car Wash. I don't know what will happen with this statue.

This Albuquerque 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 location in Pueblo, CO. However, as of 2015, it was not there. In 2017, it was announced that the Pueblo location was closing. For more, see this website.

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

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