International Fiberglass Paul Bunyan Statues (page 4)

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Paul Bunyan
Roanoke, VA
Paul Bunyan
Elkhart, IN (now Coeburn, VA)
This Paul Bunyan statue is located at Williamson Road Service Center. The statue alternates between holding a Christmas wreath during the holiday season and a flag and tire the rest of the year. Dabney Tires was the original business at this location. The owner went to a convention in Washington, DC and brought back this statue. The statue's shirt was red back in 2001. For more, see this website. [map]

This Paul Bunyan statue was originally located at Palmer Hardware in Elkhart in the 1960s. At that time, he held a saw and possibly an axe. He was moved to a True Value hardware store and painted white and green to promote Scott's Lawncare products. In 2005, this business became an Ace Hardware store and he was repainted in their color scheme. In 2011, the hardware store closed and this statue was moved to the Red Oak Trading Co. in Coeburn, VA. He now holds seasonal objects. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Puyallup, WA
This Paul Bunyan statue is located at the Paul Bunyan Rifle and Sportsman Club. The Club bought the statue in 1991 from a motel downtown after his ankles were broken in a windstorm. This might be the same statue that stood at a Dairy Queen in town in the 1970s. For more, see this website.

Paul Bunyan
Wabeno, WI
This Paul Bunyan statue stands in front of the Wabeno Logging Museum. The statue, known as Larry the Logroller, has been here since at least the mid-1990s. He held a logger's pick at one time but, in 2007 when these photos were taken, his hands were empty. Wabeno's high school mascot is the Logroller. These photos are from 2007. By 2010, the statue had been repainted. In 2013, the statue was knocked over and damaged. He has been restored. For more, see this website. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Portland, OR
Paul Bunyan
Clinton, WI [gone]
This Paul Bunyan head in Portland is in a private collection. The head came from a dealer New Jersey. It is not known what happened to the rest of the statue. The owner plans to restore it and, hopefully, find a body for it at some point.

This Paul Bunyan statue in Clinton was well-concealed behind trees at the long-closed Oaks Campground. It had been there since the 1990s. The statue was previously located at the campground owner's auto repair shop in Franklin Park, IL. The statue's feet were chopped off when it was moved to Wisconsin. The first two photos are from 2009. By 2012 (third photo), the tree had given way and the statue was nearly flat on the ground. In 2016, the statue was sold to Joel Baker who will restore the statue and probably sell it. For more, see this website. [first two photos thanks Mark Comstock; third photo thanks Joel Baker]

Paul Bunyan
Forestville, CA
This Paul Bunyan statue is located at the River Bend Campground. This statue may have originally been located in Healdsburg. It is believed the statue was moved here in 1984. He held a canoe paddle for many years. Since 2015, he has been holding an axe as he did originally. These photos are from 2016. The one-piece arms indicate that this is a very early statue. It may possibly have been produced by Bob Prewitt before he sold the mold to International Fiberglass. Arms on the later statues are bolted into the sleeves. For more, see this website. [map]

Paul Bunyan
Shingletown, CA
This Paul Bunyan statue stands near the lake and cabins at the Lassen Pines Christian Camp. This statue was originally located at the Paul Bunyan Rite-Spot restaurant in Redding, CA. It has been at its current location since 1971. The place was known as the Lassen Pines Retreat Center at that time. For more, see this website.

Paul Bunyan
Hayward, CA

at Tyre Treds in 2008:

at Bell Plastics in 2014:
Bruce Kennedy at Bell Plastics has a collection of four Paul Bunyan statues. The first one that he purchased was the one with the white shirt. That statue was originally installed in Hayward in the 1960s at Morris Car Wash. The statue was known as Big Mike and held a giant scrub brush in his hands. When the car wash closed and Tyre Treds moved into the building, the new owners replaced the scrub brush with a muffler. Tyre Treds closed in 2010 and the muffler disappeared. The statue was put up for auction and Kennedy was the only bidder. In 2011, Big Mike was moved to a temporary location. The statue was restored and installed in 2013 at Bell Plastics. That October, the statue was dressed in a black robe and his head was replaced temporarily with a demon head (last photo above). This costume will remain a Halloween tradition. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

In 2013, Kennedy purchased a Cowboy statue from Boonville, MO. This statue was installed at a gas station in Boonville around 1972. The gas station later housed an adult video store. The statue remained on the lot until it was sold in 2000 with the intention of installing it at the Children's Museum in Kansas City, MO. However, that plan fell through and the statue remained in storage until Kennedy bought it. When the statue arrived in Hayward, it was given a full restoration which included an airbrushed paint job. The statue has been named Big Don as a tribute to Kennedy's father. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

In 2013, Kennedy also purchased another Paul Bunyan statue from someone in Paramount, CA (red shirt above). Kennedy also bought an International Fiberglass Santa statue from the same person. This Paul Bunyan statue was built in 1962. This statue was originally installed at Dooley's Hardware in Long Beach, CA. It came with an axe, a hammer and a saw (see bottom row of photos above). In poor condition, Kennedy has named the statue Mister Fix-It. He plans to restore the statue. The Santa statue was also originally displayed at Dooley's Hardware.

In late 2013, Kennedy acquired his fourth giant statue: an Alfred E. Neuman look-alike, Mortimer Snerd from Flint, MI. See this page for the history of this statue which was originally located in Kansas City, MO. Kennedy intends to restore this statue. Although it was not the original paint scheme, he will probably keep the Hawaiian shirt pattern. For more, see this website.

Kennedy also has an Uncle Sam head (last two photos above) which he had made to put on the Mortimer Snerd statue for the 4th of July holiday. [map]

In 2015, Kennedy bought the Miss Uniroyal statue from Stan the Tire Man in Mount Vernon, IL. In 2016, he bought a copy of an International Fiberglass 14 Foot Tall Man produced by Mark Cline, fashioned as a Fireman.

More International Fiberglass Paul Bunyans:
Lawndale, CA [gone]
Crownsville, MD
York, ME
Baxter, MN [now Rocky Mount, NC]
Ortley Beach, NJ
Unger, WV
Fort St. John, BC [map]

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