Giant Ice Cream Statues

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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.

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

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

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

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

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]

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. [map]

Sweets for
Sweeties [gone]
Paradise, PA
Grandma Daisy's
Boulder City, NV
Crunchi Creme
Niagara Falls, ON
Ice Cream
Cone [gone]
Minneapolis, MN
Pastry [gone]
Boston, MA

Sweets for Sweeties had an ice cream cone mailbox when this photo was taken in 2010. The store is still there but by 2015, the place had a normal mailbox.

Grandma Daisy's is a candy store and ice cream parlor. This giant cone and cow are installed in front of the shop. I believe this cone was manufactured recently. [map]

Crunchi Creme features another giant modern cone. [map]

The Ice Cream Cone in Minneapolis was located in the Gaviidae Food Court when this photo was taken in 2008. I believe the food court and this statue are gone now.

Napoli Pastry featured a giant gelati cone over the entrance. This photo is from 2009. The store closed sometime after 2011 and the cone is gone.

Ice Cream Cone
Fullerton, CA
Ice Cream Cone
San Diego, CA
Ice Cream Cone
Santa Cruz, CA
Ice Cream Cone
San Francisco, CA
Ice Cream Cone
Inyokern, CA

The Ice Cream Cone in Fullerton is located at the Visual Arts Center at California State University. It is made of fiberglass and was created and installed here in 1973.

The Ice Cream Cone in San Diego is installed on the roof of Oceans Ice Cream.

The Ice Cream Cone in Santa Cruz is installed on a building on the Boardwalk. [map]

The Ice Cream Cone in San Francisco is located at the Bi-Rite Creamery. It was installed around 2009. [map]

The Ice Cream Cone in Inyokern has been abandoned for many years. There was once a gas station here which sold ice cream. There is no building now just a solitary, rusted pump.

Giant Cone
Brooklyn, NY
Giant Ice Cream Molds
Sparta, WI
Giant Cone
Chambersburg, PA
Giant Cone
Mason, MI
Giant Cone
Stockbridge, MI
Giant Cone
Eagle River, WI

The Brooklyn Cone is on top of a fast food place near the Boardwalk at Coney Island. [map]

These Cones in Sparta are molds at FAST where most giant ice creams (like apparently the Brooklyn Cone) and other foods come from.

The Cone in Chambersburg is located at the Historic Ice Cream Station. I have not seen this design before. From its shape and condition, I suspect it is fairly modern. [map]

The Cone in Mason is mounted on the roof of the Super Twist ice cream stand. [map]

The Cone in Stockbridge is located at the Stage Stop Restaurant. [map]

The Cone Eagle River hangs above the Country Store. [map]

Double D's
Soft Serve
Pekin, IL
Giant Cone
Fort Pierre, SD
Country Cream
Masonville, NY
Ice Cream Shoppe
Cutchogue, NY
Big Lick
Dairy & Dogs [gone]
Kansas City, MO
Giant Cone [gone?]
Suring, WI
Giant Cone
Corpus Christi, TX

Double D's Soft Serve has this old-looking, giant cone which appears to have two eyes. In the early 1980s, it was located at the Velvet Freeze in Peoria, IL where it was installed on a pole. The Double D name comes from the owners' first names (Donna and Darrell). The stand opened in 1984 and acquired the cone around 1988. The stand was sold to new owners around 2004 but it is still known by the same name. Double D's painted the eyes on the cone to simulate the candy eyes that they put on the cones for children. [map]

The Cone in Fort Pierre is located at the Cool Spot. [map]

The Country Cream Cone is at the roadside stand next to the Hardwood Hills Golf Course. [map]

Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe features this giant cone above its entrance. [map]

The Big Lick Dairy & Dogs cone appeared to be from the same mold as the one at Scoops. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, the store and cone were gone.

The Giant Cone in Suring is located at the Cool Twist Depot. I'm pretty sure that this place is gone and that this cone is, too.

The Giant Cone in Corpus Christi is installed on someone's front lawn. It is repainted and decorated for various holidays throughout the year. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Cone
Wild Rose, WI
Irish Hills
Fun Center [gone]
Tipton, MI
PJ's Drive-in
Delaware, NJ

The Cone in Wild Rose is installed in front of Roseville Mini-Golf & Shops. [map]

The Irish Hills Fun Center pole-mounted pink cone appeared to be from the same mold as the one in Wild Rose. This photo is from 2005. By 2014, the cone was gone and the Fun Center appeared to be closed. The Fun Center also had a giant bottle.

In 2004, PJ's Drive-in was known as the Humpty Dumpty Drive-in when this first photo was taken. This ice cream cone appears to be a match for a model sold by International Fiberglass [photo thanks Terry Nelson]. [map]

Omer, MI
Starlight Frozen
Custard [gone]
Louisville, KY
Giant Sundae
Le Mars, IA
Giant Sundae
Yermo, CA

Sundaes Afternoon features another ice cream pole sign. [map]

Starlight Frozen Custard featured a dripping cone - something I haven't seen before. This photo is from 2007. The stand closed around 2009. The building was still vacant and the cone was still there in 2012. By 2014, the building and cone were gone.

The 10 foot tall Giant Sundae in Le Mars stands outside the Blue Bunny Visitors Center downtown. Le Mars is the self-proclaimed Ice Cream Capital of the World since Wells Dairy produces more ice cream here than any other city does. Wells has been using the name "Blue Bunny" for its ice cream since 1928. For more, see this website. [map]

The Giant Sundae in Yermo was built in 2017 for the Eddie World gas station and rest stop. It conceals a water tank. [map]

Dairy Queen
Raton, NM
Dairy Queen
Grand Junction, CO
Debi's Seashore
Delights [gone]
Keyport, NJ
Magic Sundaes
East Setauket, NY
Hayward Dairy
Hayward, WI
Nut Bar
Kenosha, WI

The Dairy Queen locations in Raton and Grand Junction have identical giant cones. The Raton cone has been here since at least 2007. [Raton map]; [Grand Junction map]

Debi's Seashore Delights featured a concrete cone. Debi's opened in 2007 and this photo was taken later that year. The cone was installed here in 2006 by another ice cream shop, however, it might have been older than that. By 2013, the stand and the cone were gone.

The Magic Sundaes cone was secured to the roof with guy wire. This photo was taken in 2007. By 2013, the store and cone were gone.

The cone at West's Hayward Dairy was installed on the side of the building in 1969. It is about eight feet tall. [map]

This Nut Bar is located in front of Mac's Deli. The business started in 1937 with an ice cream stand selling Mac's Nut Bars. In 1946, the business opened here as Mac's Canteen. This ice cream sign is possibly from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Fat Smitty's
Port Townsend, WA
Dairy Freez
Danville, PA
Hawkeye Dairy
Abbotsford, WI
Horn of
Plenty [gone]
Kingston, NY
Di Dio's
Italian Ice [gone]
Santa Monica, CA

The cone at Fat Smitty's restaurant appears to be made of wood. [map]

The cone at Hunters' Dairy Freez looks very similar to the Carvel cones. [map]

The Hawkeye Dairy store sells ice cream, cheese, and other foods. It has been here since 1965. The giant ice cream cone has been here since at least 1989. [map]

The Horn of Plenty rooftop ice cream cone sign was built in 1980. The business was part produce stand, bakery, and garden shop. This photo is from 2007. By 2012, the place had been renamed Meredith's Bread. The sign disappeared later that year.

Di Dio's Italian Ice opened in 1996. This giant Italian ice sign which hunge above the entrance had probably been here since then. This photo is from 2013. In 2016, the giant ice was removed.

Dreyer's Grand
San Francisco, CA
2008: 2014:

This Dreyer's Grand store is located at Pier 39. The ice cream cone shown above on the left is gone now. The double dip cone and banana split have been installed over the entrance since at least 2007.

Mountain Mist
Custard [gone]
Lake Placid, NY
Dairy Twist
Hill City, SD

The Mountain Mist Custard stand's giant cone was mass-produced. There are several others in New York state. The cones are usually mounted on the roof. This cone was leftover from a previous ice cream stand that was here. This photo is from 2007. By 2014, this stand was still open but the cone was gone. Mountain Mist is best known for its original stand in Saranac Lake which does not have a giant cone.

The Dairy Twist has two other cones of this style. The owner says that the stand opened in the 1980s. Despite the similarity to the New York giant cones, she insists that these cones were built in 2000 and are not related. [map]

Twin Kiss
Manheim, PA
Bar Laitier Le Délice
Saint-Fabien, QC
South of the Border
Dillon, SC
Knoebels Amusement Park
Elysburg, PA

The Twin Kiss features this concrete cone installed on a trailer. [map]

The Bar Laitier Le Délice has a giant rooftop cone that appears to be made of metal and cement. [map] There is a similar cone in Labelle, QC. [map]

This South of the Border cone is one of many ice cream cone statues at this tourist attraction. For more, see this page. [map]

Knoebels Amusement Park has two giant cones at its concession stands. There is also a giant birthday cake pavilion.

Oxford, ME
Wood River Drive Inn (now Chubby Monkey)
Wood River, NE (now Shelton, NE)

Konehead features a giant melting cone on its roof. [map]

The Wood River Drive Inn has been closed for many years. The stand has been here since at least the 1960s. The cone was there since at least the early 1970s. The photo on the left is from 2008. The cone is now located at the Chubby Monkey which opened in 2011. This photo on the right is from 2012. [map]

Ice Cream Cone
2008 (Julesburg, CO): 2012 (Chappell, NE):

This Ice Cream Cone was located at Sweden Creme when I first saw it in 2008. By 2012, the stand had been demolished. The Cone is now installed in the former owner's front yard. Sweden Creme is a chain with other locations in Nebraska and Kansas. I don't believe any of those stands have giant cones. [map]

Snelgrove Ice Cream
Salt Lake City, UT
2006: 2014:

former Snelgrove
Salt Lake City, UT
2008: 2014:
The Snelgrove Ice Cream was founded in 1929. The 40 foot wide sign was built by YESCO in 1962. The sign was originally painted pink and the double cone revolved. There were many Snelgrove ice cream parlors in Salt Lake City and elsewhere. This was the biggest one. In 1990, Dreyer's Ice Cream bought the company and the ice cream shop closed in 2002. Dreyer's still operates in the plant next to the sign. The company produced Snelgrove Ice Cream for Utah supermarkets until 2008. In 2007, a truck hit the sign. It bent part of the sign and broke some neon. The neon has since been removed and the Snelgrove text has been painted over. In 2015, the Snelgrove lettering was removed from the sign and put in storage. The words "Dryer" and "Nestle" will be added. The giant cone still revolves. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

This former Snelgrove Ice Cream location has a smaller giant cone sign. When Squirrel Brothers, an ice cream store, took over this building, the cone was left in place. When a Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches store moved here in 2008, this cone was painted black. For more, see this website. [map]

Ice Castle
Dalton, GA
Kay's Kastle
Knoxville, TN

Kay's Restaurant [gone]
Jefferson City, TN
Mr. T's Pizza
Chattanooga, TN
Sweet Celebrations [gone]
Maryville, TN

Kay's Kastle Ice Cream was a regional chain with most of its locations apparently in TN. The original giant ice cream signs had a boy climbing a ladder next to the cone. The boy had a long tongue and licked at the ice cream. I'd love to know more about the chain (e.g., when the company operated and where). The first Kay's Ice Cream store and plant was built in 1934 in Knoxville. The business later split into Kay's Ice Cream and Kay's Kastle. I believe these ice cream signs are from the early 1960s. Kay's Ice Cream can still be purchased in grocery stores however the remaining locations are independent now.

The Kay's Kastle in Dalton is gone. However, this cone was saved and reinstalled at the Ice Castle ice cream store. [map]

The Kay's Kastle in Knoxville closed at the end of 2017. It was the last location left. I don't know if this ice cream sign is still there. [map]

Kay's Restaurant was the tenant of this former Kay's Kastle when these photos were taken in 2007. Kay's had plans to restore the sign before it closed in 2008. Between the original Kay's Kastle and the restaurant, a Beer Cave occupied the building. In 2008, a Smoky's Express BBQ moved into the building and destroyed the cone. For more, see this website.

Mr. T's Pizza now occupies the former Kay's Kastle building and has kept the giant cone. The store still sells ice cream. [map]

Sweet Celebrations took over the Kay's Kastle that closed in 2006. The store updated the sign but kept the original cone. I have not seen this smaller, two-scoop style cone before. These photos are from 2008. The restaurant was closed and vacant in 2015 but the cone sign was still there. By 2016, the building was housing a Bruster's Ice Cream and the Kay's ice cream cone was gone. For more, see this website.

More former Kay's Kastle Cones:
Harrodsburg, KY [map]
Knoxville, TN

Seattle, WA
Frozen Yogurt [gone]
Sacramento, CA
Burlingame, CA
This 17 foot tall Popsicle was created by Catherine Mayer. It was installed in 2011. [map]

This giant Frozen Yogurt was installed on the roof of a truck which was located in the parking lot near Tops Yogurt when this photo was taken in 2014. By 2015, the store and the truck were gone.

This giant It's-It is installed on the roof of the company's factory. These ice cream sandwiches were introduced in 1928. The ice cream is sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies and then dipped in dark chocolate. For more, see this website. [map]

More Giant Ice Cream Cones:
Twistee Treat

Portland, CT
Marengo, IL
Metropolis, IL
Oquawka, IL
East Leroy, MI
Cloverleaf (Ardmore, OK)
Sherry's Ice Cream (Weigelstown, PA)
Zesto (Columbia, SC)
Montreal, QC [vintage; gone]
Moose Jaw, SK [gone]
Koln, Germany