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Indian
Riverhead, NY
This Indian statue stands in front of the Riverhead Raceway. The Raceway has been here since 1949. The statue was purchased from the Danbury Fair in Connecticut when it closed in 1980. In 2012, the Indian was split in half during Hurricane Sandy. It was restored and reinstalled. For more, see this website. [map]

Indian [gone]
Middletown, NY
2005:
2012:
This Indian statue was located at the Orange County Fairgrounds since the 1970s. It was previously installed at the Danbury Fair in Danbury, CT where there were three International Fiberglass Indian statues: two Chiefs and one Brave. There was also an Indian head. This vintage photo of the statue there shows that the statue already had a funky body there. His head appeared to be from International Fiberglass but the body appeared to be a replication.

While in Middletown, Chief Towaco was painted on the statue's base. It had been duct-taped together and repainted many times. The statue stood in the Indian Village area of the fairgrounds. I suspect its out-of-the-way location on the property made him vulnerable to vandalism. In 2012, the statue was removed and destroyed.

I-90 Indian
Irving, NY

Big Indian Smoke Shop
Irving, NY
These two giant Indians are located on Cattaraugus Indian Reservation territory. The I-90 Indian was originally installed in 1966 at the Iroquois Brewery in Buffalo, NY. When the statue was there, he held a bottle of beer in his outstretched right hand. In the late 1950s, the statue was sold and moved to the Seneca Pottery and Gift Shop in East Avon, NY. The owners had his hand and bottle cut off and replaced with a saluting hand. When that business closed in 1998, the giant Indian was sold and moved here. In 2012, the statue was knocked over and damaged by vandals. The owners moved the statue from the Big Indian Smoke Shop over to the interstate while the statue was repaired. For more, see this website.

The Big Indian Smoke Shop Indian was located just behind the I-90 Indian at this gas station and cigarette store. The Big Indian Smoke Shop probably owns both of these statues. The arm of this statue has been rotated for a palm up position. In 2016, this statue was still on the interstate. So, I assume that the vandalized statue at the store has not returned. [I-90 map]

Indian
Clinton, OK

2006:

Calumet, OK

2011:

This Indian statue was installed in 1967 at the Howe Chevrolet dealership in El Reno, OK. It was known as the "Big Indian Chief". The statue was moved a few times when the dealership moved. There were two locations in El Reno and a third in Clinton, OK. The statue's nickname was "Mr. Howe". By 2010, the statue had been repainted and moved to Indian Trading Post & Art in Calumet. [map]

Indian
Cross Plains, TN
This Indian statue stood in front of Peddler's Antique Mall which has been closed for many years. In 2009, he was knocked over by a storm and removed. The statue had broken off at the legs and was missing his right arm. Later that year, the statue was completely restored and moved across the street to Sad Sam's Fireworks Outlet (photos above). This statue's Pink Elephant companion is still across the street. For more, see this website. [map]

Indian
San Antonio, TX
2011:
2018:
This Indian statue was installed in downtown San Antonio in the 1960s at a Superior Pontiac dealership. In 1977, it was moved to its current location and installed on tall poles above the Red McCombs Superior used car lot, visible to motorists on NW Loop 410. In 2017, the statue was removed and restored by Master Refinishers. [map]

Indian
Waxahachie, TX
This Indian statue stands in the football stadium of Waxahachie High School. The school's teams are known as the Waxahachie Indians and the Lady Indians. The statue has been there since 1977 and supposedly came from a Chief Auto Parts store. In 2011, the statue was damaged in a windstorm. He was removed and repaired. A new logo was painted on his shirt at that time. For more, see this website. [map]

Indian
Wisconsin Dells, WI
This Indian statue, known as "Big Chief", stood in front of Big Chief Karts. By 1985, his saluting hand held a go-kart. By 1998, a giant Trojan Horse and a roller coaster were installed next to the statue. By the early 1990s, the Chief was converted into a Trojan when the park expanded and was renamed Big Chief's Mt. Olympus. In 2005, with more park expansion, the Trojan was moved further inside the park where his upper torso projected from an arch. I don't know what they did with his bottom half of the statue. His raised hand held the Olympic flame at that point. The park dropped any reference to Big Chief and is now known as "Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park". By 2008, his upper torso was gone, too. In 2019, what appears to be part of the upper torso was discovered near the pool at Mt. Olympus.

I have read that there was once a non-Indian, bare-chested Paul Bunyan style statue in the Dells. It stood in front of a Burger Chef restaurant holding a hamburger and wore a Burger Chef belt buckle. Does anyone know more about this or have photos of the statue?

Indian
Parkersburg, WV
This Indian statue at Cherokee Village Auto Center was installed here in the late 1960s or early 1970s. [map]

More International Fiberglass Indians:
Pinal, AZ: 1, 2 [gone]
Van Nuys, CA [gone]
Arcadia, FL (now Hayward, CA): 1, 2
Lynn, MA [gone]
Bloomington, MN [gone]
Kansas City, MO [vintage]
Williamsville, MO
Leicester, NC
Carrington, ND
Clinton Corners, NY [vintage; gone]
Mifflintown, PA

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