email: roadarch@outlook.com

Giant Ice Cream Statues (page 1)

(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)

The Igloo
Everett, PA

The Igloo was built in 1968. I believe the building is made of Kevlar-reinforced fiberglass. The dome and doorways look like this police department in Roanoke, AL. For more, see this website. [map]

Ice Cream Cone [gone]
Panama City, FL
2005: 2010:

The Panama City Cone had been closed for many years when the first two photos above were taken in 2005. In the late 1990s, the stand was open and known as the Dairy Dome. Before that, it was known as Bentley's. However, I don't know if that was the stand's original name or when it was built. By 2010, the place had reopened as a fast food stand. In 2012, the ice cream top was removed as a new fast food restaurant was moving in. It's not clear if the top was destroyed or moved. It's also not clear whether the bottom part is still being used. Although this vintage photo from 1979 is identified as Long Beach, FL, it appears to be the same stand. It's possible it might have been moved. For more, see this website.

Snowy
Idaho Falls, ID
2008: 2014:

This Snowy stand is apparently a former Tropical Sno (see below). It was repainted sometime before 2011 and the "Snowy" letters were removed. [map]

Tropical Sno [gone]
Ogden, UT
Tropical Sno
Odessa, TX
Tropical Sno
Richland, WA
Tropical Sno [gone]
Longview, WA
Tropical Sno [gone]
Yakima, WA
Tropical Sno
Spokane, WA
Tropical Sno
Chelan, WA
Tropical Sno
Manson, WA

The Tropical Sno stand in Ogden served flavored shaved ice (aka snow cones). The company was founded in 1984 in Provo, UT. There are now locations nationwide. However, most of these stands are not cone-shaped. I don't belie that this design is produced anymore. For more, see this website.

The Tropical Sno in Odessa is located at the VFW Flea Market. Although there is no sign identifying this as a Tropical Sno stand, I assume that's what it was originally. [map]

The Tropical Sno in Richland is located in Howard Amon Park during the warm weather season. I believe this same stand is also used in Columbia Park in Kennewick, WA. For more, see this website.

I believe this Tropical Sno was located in Longview or Long Beach. There doesn't seem to be one of these stands in either city now or anywhere else nearby. This photo is from 2008 and the stand looked like it had been closed for awhile.

The Tropical Sno building in Yakima was the same style as the ones in Spokane and Longview. Apparently, these two-toned, taller-topped stands were unique to Washington. Or they might just have been built before or after the other ones shown here. This photo is from 2008. By 2015, this stand was gone.

There are two Tropical Sno stands in Spokane installed in Riverfront Park.

The Tropical Sno building in Chelan was still operating when this photo was taken in 2016. [map]

The Tropical Sno building in Manson is apparently not in use now. The business is selling the shaved ice from a small truck nearby. For more, see this website. [map]

There might be another Tropical Sno in Star, ID. There may be a few others which are put in storage when not in use at festivals or fairs. If you know of any other Tropical Sno stands like these, please send me an email.

Hills of Snow
Smithfield, NC
Mr. Sno-Cone [gone]
Fort Worth, TX
Snow Cone [gone?]
Huntington, TX
Snow Cone
Roma, TX

The Hills of Snow snow cone stand cleverly incorporates two straws into its sign. I believe this place has been here since at least 1984. Does anyone know when this place was built or more about it? I don't believe Tropical Sno had locations this far east but this structure might have been moved here. [map]

I believe Mr. Sno-Cone predated the Tropical Sno chain. This stand was known as the Sno-To-Go in the 1980s and 1990s. There were other stands like this in Fort Worth in the 1980s. This photo is from 2003. By 2010, this stand was gone.

The Snow Cone in Huntington was located at the Texas Shaved Ice stand when this photo is from 2011. I think this might be gone now since I can't find it at Google Street View.

The Snow Cone in Roma has been here since at least 2008. [map]

Ice Cream Cone
Springfield, MO
Ice Cream Cone
Fort Madison, IA
Ice Cream Cones
Ardmore, OK

This Ice Cream Cone in Springfield is located on the mini golf course at Paint Games Plus behind the Taco Bell. [map]

The Ice Cream Cone in Fort Madison advertises for the ice cream stand at the Putt-A-Round mini golf course. [map]

The Ice Cream Cones in Ardmore, OK are located at the Cloverleaf store. In 2018, the store closed and all of the items will be sold or moved. [map]

Giant Ice Cream
Wadena, MN (now Verndale, MN)
Giant
Ice Cream [gone]
North Judson, IN
Giant Ice Cream
Clear Lake, IA
(now Owatonna, MN)

The first Cone shown above was most likely used by an ice cream stand at some point. It is about 14 feet tall and was made of concrete in 1973. It stood abandoned behind a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Wadena when this first photo was taken around 2000. By 2008, it had been moved to a private residence in Verndale and restored. This second photo is from 2011. [map]

The Cone in North Judson was installed in front of the D&S Drive-in. This photo is from 2009. By 2012, this cone was gone. The place is now known as Piggies & Cream.

The Cone in Clear Lake was located at the Barrel Drive-in when this photo was taken in 2009. The drive-in was demolished in 2018. This cone is now located at the S'Cream in Owatonna, MN. [map]

Giant Ice Cream
Affton, MO
Giant
Ice Cream [gone]
Lake Ozark, MO
Giant Ice Cream
Naples, NY

The Cone in Affton was built around 1942 for the Velvet Freeze which closed in the 1980s. In 1992, the cone was restored by the Affton Fire Department and installed in front of the Mesnier School. [map]

The Cone in Lake Ozark stood in front of Godot's Homemade Ice Cream Co. when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2014, the store and Cone were gone.

The Cone in Naples is installed on top of the sign at Huntone's Cones. This stand opened in 1990. In 2009, the business became Lynnie Lou's Homemade Ice Cream. I don't know if the cone is still there. [map]