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Arizona Statues

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Copper Miner
Bisbee, AZ
Viking
Phoenix, AZ
This Copper Miner statue was created by Raymond Philips Sanderson. It was installed in 1935. The concrete statue is about nine feet tall and covered with copper. Bisbee was once a big copper mining town and this statue is a tribute its miners. For more, see this website. [map]

This Viking statue stands in front of Sunnyslope High School. The Viking is the school's mascot. The fiberglass statue is about 12 feet tall. It was installed around 1992. There are two other statues like this in Hampton, MN. There was previously a fiberglass Carpet Viking statue which had been donated to the high school. That statue was there from 1972 until around 1988. It had "rotted" and was destroyed at that point. For more about Carpet Viking statues, see this page. [map]

Fisk Tire Boy
Scottsdale, AZ
Fisk Tire Building details
Scottsdale, AZ
This Fisk Tire Boy statue is installed in the lobby of Discount Tire's corporate headquarters. The character first appeared in advertising in 1914 with the slogan "Time to Re-Tire". These statues were mass-produced for tire stores. There are several statues on display around the country including these two in Michigan.

Discount Tire also has another representation of the Fisk Tire Boy which came from the Fisk Building in Chicago, IL. The founder of Discount Tire purchased these details in 1994 before the building was demolished. He had them restored and incorporated into the Discount Tire's entrance sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Hobo Joe [gone]
Buckeye, AZ
This Hobo Joe statue is 27 feet tall. It is believed that there was only one built of this size for Hobo Joe's Restaurants. It stood in Phoenix for only a few months before it was badly damaged by fire. This Buckeye statue was either made from a cast of that statue or the mold was used to produce this statue later on. The statue stood next to the Gillums Meat & Locker Co. slaughterhouse. There is plaque indicating that the statue was installed in memory of Marvin Ransdell (1928-1988). Ransdell owned the company that produced the Hobo Joe's statues and willed this one to his friend, Ramon Gillum. In 2016, the property was sold and the statue was purchased by the Main Street Coalition moved into storage. The City is raising funds to restore the statue. A site for the statue has been approved. For more, see this website.

The Hobo Joe character was the icon used for the defunct coffee shop chain which was headquartered in Tempe, AZ. The first location was built in Scottsdale, AZ in 1965. There were about eight locations built in the late 1960s. Each restaurant had a five foot tall version of this statue displayed in front. Jim Casey carved the original clay statue in 1967. Molds were made from the statue and the fiberglass statues were produced at Casey's studio in Venice, CA. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Hobo Joe
Clarkdale, AZ
This statue of Hobo Joe is an example of the five foot tall models built for the restaurants as described above. These statues were also designed by Jim Casey. This one is located inside the Verde Canyon Railroad's John Bell Museum. It was donated by Dale Randles, Sr., the owner of Hobo Joe's restaurants.

In 1970, Hobo Joe's restaurants became part of the Humpty Dumpty Restaurant chain. However, in 1980, Dale Randles and a partner opened a new Hobo Joe's coffee shop in Cottonwood, AZ. In 2004, this statue was found in an antiques store. It was purchased and installed at the restaurant. When, this Hobo Joe's closed in 2011, the statue was then donated to the museum.

There are two other five foot tall Hobo Joe statues at a private residence in Phoenix, AZ. There was another one at Castle Park in Riverside, CA. I don't know if that one is in storage or gone. There may be a few others in private collections. Let me know if you know the locations of any others. A possibly, stylized version of this character is used by a fireworks chain in South Carolina.

William H. Passey
Mesa, AZ
Taco Bell Boy
Kingman, AZ
This statue of William H. Passey was created by Larry Passey and dedicated in 2004. It is installed in front of the Passey-Bond Insurance Agency which he co-founded in 1935. The statue holds insurance paperwork under his arm and an orange in his hand. There is a crate of oranges behind him which symbolically represents Passey's connection to agriculture. [map]

This Taco Bell Boy statue is installed inside the office of Desert De Oro Foods which serves as the restaurant support center for Taco Bell. One of the owners of the company won the statue on eBay in 2009. The nearly seven foot tall statue was restored and repainted. It was originally located in St. Petersburg, FL where it was installed on water skis and towed around the inland waterways to promote the local franchise. The statue was later stored in an attic and used as a lawn ornament. There were about 20-30 of these statues produced between 1962 and 1965. The first one was installed at the original location in Downey, CA in 1962. There are only two other statues on public display: one in Snohomish, WA and the other in Irvine, CA. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More Arizona Statues:
Man (Mayer)
Centurian (Phoenix) [gone]
Last Supper (Tucson)

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