A&W Burger Family Statues (page 3)

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Mr. Bill's Car Hop
South Glens Falls, NY
Mr. Bill's Car Hop was originally an A&W Drive-in. I don't know if there were any other Burger Family statues there then or just this Papa Burger. The place became Zookie's Drive-in sometime in the 1970s. In 2001, the name was changed to Mr. Bill's Drive-in. The top left photo of Papa Burger photo is from 2003. The statue was completely refurbished in 2004. By 2009, the drive-in was renamed Mr. Bill's Car Hop. [map]

Mile Hill Collision
Tunkhannock, PA
The Mile Hill Collision Papa Burger has been transformed into a repairman. His mug has been converted into a paint sprayer and he holds aloft a car instead of a burger. He now wears a cap. This statue has been here for many years. This statue has a very visible hatch door on his back. I'm told that all of the statues except the Baby Burger had these hatch doors in their backs which allowed the seams of the statue to be sealed up by crawling inside when they were originally installed. The hatch door would then be sealed up after that. [map]

A&W Papa Burger
Oceanside, CA
2014: 2018:
The A&W Papa Burger in Oceanside stands in front of Angelo's Burgers. I don't know if there was previously an A&W here or if the statue was brought here from a former location. The statue was repainted in 2017. [map]

A&W Papa Burger [gone]
Costa Mesa, CA
A&W Papa Burger
Biddeford, ME
This A&W Papa Burger in Costa Mesa has been at the Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor since it opened in 1983. The statue has not been altered - just painted unconventionally. In 2010, this place closed and the statue was supposed moved to a restaurant in Chico, CA. However, I haven't been able to find any evidence of that. [photo thanks Susan Adkins]

The A&W Papa Burger in Biddeford was previously at D'Allaire's Motel and Cottages where they have some other statuary (including this leaping deer). In 2003, D'Allaire's sold their Papa Burger to TJ's Pizza which is just down the street. These photos are from 2003 when the statue was in storage. The mug and burger are missing from the statue's hands. This guy is heavily lipstick-ed and has golf balls for eyes, perhaps a carryover from D'Allaire's which had a mini golf. The owner said that they planned to restore the statue and put it on the roof. However, as of 2018, the statue was still not on display.

Wilkins' Root Beer Drive-in
Selma, CA
The Wilkins' Root Beer Drive-in was originally an A&W Drive-in. There was probably an entire A&W Burger Family here when it opened. The name was changed to Wilkins' Root Beer in 1975. For more, see this website. [map]

A&W Papa Burger
Sebastopol, CA
A&W Papa Burger
Avondale, CO
The A&W Papa Burger in Sebastopol is missing his mug and burger. The statue has been located at Renga Arts since at least 2014. [map]

The A&W Papa Burger in Avondale is also missing his mug and burger. He is installed in a residential front yard.

A&W Papa Burger
Faribault, MN
This A&W Papa Burger stands in front of a still-functioning A&W Drive-in. In 2006, his shirt was painted turquoise but it has since been painted back to the original A&W orange. [map]

A&W Papa Burger
Spring Valley, MN
This A&W Papa Burger is located next to a still-operating A&W Root Beer stand. He has been here since at least the 1970s. I believe he was purchased individually from A&W rather than as a family set. This location opened in 1956 and features a pilgrim hat roof and canopy. The roof was turquoise in 2008. By these 2012 photos, it was back to the original orange paint. [map]

A&W Papa Burger
Oglesby, IL
This A&W Papa Burger was known as "Woody the Root Beer Man" when he was located at Woody's in Streator, IL. That location closed in 2005 and the statue was relocated here. This Oglesby A&W is now known as The Root Beer Stand. [map]

former A&W Papa Burger
Blue Earth, MN
2008: 2012:
This A&W Papa Burger statue has been at this gas station since around 2002. In 2005, the statue was transformed to look like a baby Jolly Green Giant. Blue Earth is home to a huge Jolly Green Giant statue. Around 2011, the statue's pizza and beer were replaced with a can of jelly beans and a piece of fudge. [map]

Papa & Baby Burger
Modesto, CA
This A&W Drive-in opened in 1957. The Papa & Baby Burger are tucked away in the patio area. I assume there was also a Mama Burger and Teen Burger here as well. There is also a vintage plastic sign and roller skating car hops. [map]

A&W Papa Burger
Auburn, NE
Burger Family [gone]
Rexburg, ID
The A&W Papa Burger in Auburn stands in front of the Dairy Sweet. He was originally located in Colorado. He has been here since at least the 1990s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Burger Family in Rexburg was missing the Teen Burger. They were originally displayed at an A&W in St. Anthony, ID. They had been in storage at a residence in Rexburg since 1973. The family brought the statues out in 2008 to create attention for a yard sale. This photo is from then. At that time, I was told that the statues were being sold to A&W corporate headquarters in Wisconsin. However, that never happened and A&W is actually headquartered in Lexington, KY. These statues remained in storage in Rexburg, ID. In 2018, they were sold to a collector who plans to restore them and display them eventually at his A&W in Lodi, CA.

Baby Burger, Teen Burger, & Mama Burger
Chamblee, GA (now Santa Maria, CA)


These Baby Burger, Teen Burger, & Mama Burger statues were located at Biggar Antiques in 2010 when these photos were taken. There was no Papa Burger. The Teen Burger's "T" advertised for "Downtown Wings." Does anyone know where these statues were installed originally? In 2011, these statues were sold and shipped to a private collector in Santa Maria, CA. The move was featured on the TV show "Shipping Wars." The owner acquired a Papa Burger from New Jersey to complete the set. That statue was previously located at a Burger Boy restaurant in Washington.

Burger Family
Santa Maria, CA
This Burger Family is also owned by the same person that owns the other Burger Family shown directly above. These statues came from a collector in Billings, MT. It is not known where they were installed originally. The Teen Burger is stored indoors while the other three statues are displayed outside in his back yard. These photos are from 2015. In 2015, this collector also acquired the three statues from Willcox, AZ.

More A&W Burger Family Members:
Teen Burger (Sheldon, IA; now Emmetsburg, IA)
Papa Burger (somewhere on I-80 in IA; vintage postcard) [gone]
Baby Burger (Manhattan, KS)
Papa Burger (Chesterfield, MI)
Burger Family (Pipestone, MN)
Burger Family (Rolla, MO)
Papa Burger (Junction City, OR) [gone]
Mama Burger (private collection; Vancouver, BC)

Looking to Buy A&W Burger Family Statues:
George Johnsen (wants any A&W statues); Burbank, CA;
Peter Knight (wants Teen Burger); Lodi, CA;; (209) 366-3462
Peter Koch (wants any A&W statues); Vancouver, BC;; (778) 246-4770; especially looking for a Papa Burger and Baby Burger

A&W Burger Family Statues for Sale:
Baby Burger (to trade for a Teen Burger): Peter Knight; Lodi, CA;; (209) 366-3462
Papa Burger & Teen Burger Mugs: Bruce Andrews; Tucson, AZ;; (520) 227-3222

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