International Fiberglass Cowboy Statues (page 1)

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

International Fiberglass' Cowboy model was essentially a Paul Bunyan statue with a cowboy hat and longer pants that came down to his feet. The Paul Bunyan's pants are tucked into the tops of his boots. Some of these Cowboy statues have suspenders buttons at the top of their pants but most of them do not. Most of the Cowboys' shirts have chest pockets. The Paul Bunyan statues did not have these. The mold for the Cowboy's head had a filled-in beard which gave the statue a clean shaven face and jutting jaw. These statues could be accessorized with revolvers or rifles. These statues are 22 feet tall. Many of these statues were used at Phillips 66 gas stations.

Prescott, AZ


This Cowboy statue was originally installed at a Phillips 66 gas station where he held a rifle. Since the early 1970s, the statue has stood in front of Big Johnson Realty. When the lot was repaved and raised, the work was done around the statue which left him standing in a hole. If he had been removed during the work, as per City regulations, he would not have been allowed to be reinstalled. The statue is still installed on part of the original platform which made moving these statues around much easier. Around 2010, the statue was repainted. In 2013, the statue was holding some playing cards in his right hand. In 2016, the store closed and the cards were removed. The future of the statue is unknown. For more, see this website. [map]

Yuma, AZ
The Cowboy statue is installed at the Westward Village RV Park. He is nicknamed "Big Wes". This statue was originally located in 1966 Dodge City, KS. He was moved around to four different Phillips 66 gas stations in town. In 1971, the statue was displayed at the Boot Hill tourist attraction where he was known as "Big Matt". The statue's arms were painted to look like long sleeves and a rifle was installed in his hands. In 1975, the statue's head was blown off and badly damaged. The statue was moved into storage. It was sold and moved to Yuma in 1982. A new, motorized head was built that could swivel. However, the head never did move. The statue was restored in 2006. These photos are from 2012. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Willits, CA


This Cowboy statue is installed at the Willits Rodeo Grounds. He holds a branding iron with a "W" on the end. He has been here since at least the 1970s. Known as "Cowboy Willie", the statue was repainted in 2013. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Mecca, CA (now Joshua Tree, CA)
This Cowboy statue was installed in front of the El Tompa Mini Mart since at least 1999. The store was known as Poor Richard's Mini Mart at that time. By 2001, the statue's head had become detached and was stored behind a fence. By 2007, the statue was gone. In 2014, the statue reappeared. It had been repainted and the head reattached. Like the other International Fiberglass Cowboy statues, the statue was originally clean-shaven. This statue's beard has been painted on. In 2017, the statue was sold. In 2018, the statue was repainted and installed at The Station in Joshua Tree. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hat Creek, CA
This Cowboy statue has been in Hat Creek since 2009. He is now known as Big Roy and is installed at a cattle ranch. The statue was previously installed at a gas station in Dunsmuir, CA. He had been there since at least 2000. At that point, the statue's hat was in storage. I don't know if the statue's branding iron is original or if it was created when the statue was moved to Hat Creek. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Longmont, CO
This Cowboy has been in the backyard of a home since at least 1996. The statue was previously located at a tool and machine parts shop. He holds a pitchfork made from pipe. The left side of his cowboy hat has been missing since 2008. For more, see this website. [map]

Greeley, CO
This statue appears to be a Cowboy model without a hat. It is installed at Just Bob's Auto & Truck Repair. The statue held a muffler, a wrench, and a roll of carpet over the years. For more, see this website. [map]

Norwich, CT
Giant cowboys were a less common variation created by International Fiberglass. The moved to this shopping center around the 1980s. He stands between EbLens and Surplus Unlimited. In the 1960s, he was located across town. He holds a flag in the style of the Cheshire, CT man mentioned above, perhaps to get around zoning laws as well. Surplus Unlimited has painted an image of the statue on their trucks. For more, see this website. [map]

Cowboy & Long Horn Steer
Waukon, IA
This Cowboy and Long Horn Steer are installed in front of Village Farm & Home. They have been here since at least 1997. I don't know if this steer was also produced by International Fiberglass or if these two statues were always together. The cowboy has a very rare, original belt. There are only about a half dozen statues that have these. Most of the statues have either the four buttons at the top of their pants or painted on belts. [map]

Wendell, ID
Bossier City, LA
This Cowboy statue in Wendell was produced for a Phillips 66 gas station. The Phillips 66 logo is still visible on the statue's chest under the yellow paint. This statue stands in front of Wendell Intermountain Motorhomes & RV Park. He holds a stop sign on a pole. The statue has been here since at least 1998. For more, see this website. [map]

This Cowboy statue in Bossier City is mounted high atop a pole at Topps Trailer Sales overlooking I-20. The statue wears spurs and holds a lasso in his hands. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Cowboy [gone]
Havre de Grace, MD
This Cowboy statue was originally installed in the 1960s on the roof of a Phillips 66 gas station (photo top left). The gas station now houses Lynch's Super Service. In 1991 during the Gulf War, the statue was repainted with camouflage fatigues. Later, his cowboy hat which was also painted in camouflage was removed because of cracks. It was reportedly put in storage. In 2015, Lynch's Super Service closed. The property was put up for sale. The statue was removed and moved to the owner's home. For more, see this website.

Cowboy [gone]
Valley Park, MO
Joliet, MT (now Pocatello, ID)
This Cowboy statue in Valley Park stood above Croft Auto Repair & Trailer Sales when this photo was taken in 2005. He was previously located at a used car lot in Belleville, IL. He was moved here and restored in the late 1990s. Around 2009, the statue was knocked down in a windstorm and seriously damaged. The owners planned to restore him. However, as of 2011, he was still in pieces. In 2016, he was acquired by Joel Baker who will restore him as a Phillips 66 Cowboy. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This Cowboy statue in Joliet was located at Fort Rockvale Casino when these photos were taken in 2006. It is believed that this statue was originally located in Nampa, ID at a gas station/car wash. In the late 1990s or early 2000s, it was then moved to Bridger, MT. In 2003, it was moved to the casino. The rifle might be one of the original International Fiberglass accessories. In 2016, the statue was sold to the Museum of Clean in Pocatello, ID. The statue is currently being restored as the World's Largest Janitor. For more, see this website.

IF Cowboys
page 2
IF Bunyans IF Giant Men IF 14 Foot Men IF Indians
IF Vikings IF Mortimer Snerds IF Miss Uniroyal Other IF Statues International Fiberglass
Main Page

Statues Main Page