Other International Fiberglass Statues (page 3)

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Airdrie, AB (Canada)
This 24 foot tall Mannequin had a "nude" body and could be ordered with or without clothing. The statues also had jointed arms. It's not known how many were built but there were probably only a few. This is the only Mannequin statue known to still exist. It is located at Western RV Country. These photos are from 2013. By 2016, the statue had been repainted and was wearing a red shirt and black vest. [photos thanks Corey Scheffler] [map]

There was another Mannequin dressed as a cowboy in Post Falls, ID that was later moved to Coeur d'Alene, ID. This statue is the more traditional full fiberglass type without the add-on fabric clothing. The statue was there in 2000 but I believe it is gone now. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The location of this Mannequin with fabric chef's clothing is unknown. [vintage International Fiberglass photo thanks Terry Nelson]

Tony's Pushcart
Augusta, ME
This Tony's Pushcart statue was located at Big Boyz Man when these photos were taken in 2009. It is not known where Tony's Pushcart was originally located but there were at least two locations with these statues built. This statue or an idential one was installed at the Danbury Fair in Danbury, CT. This postcard shows what the food stands looked like. The blueprint from International Fiberglass for Tony's Pushcart can be seen here. These statues were 16 feet tall.

I'm told that this statue's hat was originally blue and white with vertical stripes. He also has a sailor tattoo. The statue was moved here in 1996 when it was purchased from an antiques dealer in New Hampshire. In 2013, I was told that Big Boyz had closed and that this statue was moved down the road to a "junk shop". However, from a photo that surfaced in 2014, it appears he is still at the same place. [map]

Steak Corral
Whittier, CA
This statue at the Steak Corral has been here since at least the early 1970s. There was originally a steak at the end of the cowboy's lariat. The statue was designed around 1969 and produced by International Fiberglass. These photos from the company's archives courtesy of Terry Nelson: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

There was another location in West Covina, CA which closed around 2007. This Whittier "Westaurant" was the third one built. I don't know where the other location was or if the other two had statues like this one. For more, see this website.

These 15 foot tall Pioneer statues were originally produced for Wagon Ho! restaurants. The fast food chain was established in Birmingham in 1968. The company apparently moved its headquarters to St. Petersburg, FL later that year. There were plans to build 51 restaurants by mid-1969 and another 200 units by the end of 1970. However, the company quickly ran into financial trouble and I believe there were only about five locations built in Florida, the one in Birmingham, AL, and a few others in the Vancouver, BC area. By 1970, the company had folded. In 1976, there was still a location operating as Jim Boast Dodge in Bradenton, FL. However, none of these covered wagon buildings still exist in any recognizable form.

All of these locations featured covered wagon style buildings with these statues seated in front. Wagon Ho! called the character the Wagon Master. The statues may have been modeled after the Western movie star George "Gabby" Hayes. Contrary to many on-line accounts, these statues did not hold anything in their hands originally or while they were used by Wagon-Ho! There are only two statues known to still exist (see below). These International Fiberglass photos are courtesy of Terry Nelson: 1, 2, and 3.

Moody, AL (now Hayward, CA)


This Pioneer statue came from the Wagon Ho! location in Birmingham. When that location closed, the statue was moved to a Mexican restaurant. It stood in front of Cherry Construction for many years. These photos are from 2007. In 2017, the statue was sold to Bruce Kennedy. Once it is restored, the statue will be displayed at his business, Bell Plastics, with many other International Fiberglass statues. [map]

Pioneer [gone]
Pinellas Park, FL
Surrey, BC
This Pioneer statue in Pinellas Park was originally installed at the Wagon Ho! in South Pasadena, FL. In 1975, the statue was sold to Gulf Golf in Treasure Island, FL. At that point, the statue was transformed into a pirate known as "Sneaky Pete." The mini golf closed in 2005 and the statue was sold for $3,000. It was moved to the First Security used car lot in Pinellas Park, FL. It was still there in 2011 when the property was put up for sale. It was gone by 2017. [photo thanks Robby Delius]

This Pioneer statue in Surrey was originally located at a Wagon Ho! in Surrey which opened in 1969. It wasn't open long. There were a few other locations in the Vancouver area. This statue is now located on private property. [map]

There are three other known seated Pioneer statues in Rainsville, AL, Gravois Mills, MO, and Quesnel, BC.

The Pioneer statues shown below appear to be a standing version of the ones that were produced for Wagon Ho! restaurants. I have read that the Pioneer statues were created by Unique Fiberglass Figures which was located in Rocky Mount, NC. However, I have seen photos and convincing promotional material that International Fiberglass was the originator of these statues. Perhaps Unique Fiberglass Figures copied the statues or acquired a mold and created the standing version. Unique Fiberglass Figures, later known as Fiberglass Figures, called their Pioneer statue "The Big Man". According to one source, the last seated version was made in 1980 and that mold was then broken. It's also unknown if the standing version of these statues held anything in its hands. I have also read that Unique Fiberglass Figures used the standing Pioneer mold to create a pirate statue for an Outer Banks restaurant. I don't know if this is the same statue that was located at Forbes Carpet Golf in Nags Head, NC (1, 2) which is now in a private collection in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Billy Bob
Bill's Truck Stop
Lexington, NC
Daniel Boone
Hillsborough, NC
Edneyville, NC
Pioneer Guy
Roanoke Rapids, NC
Pigeon Forge, TN
I believe there are only six standing versions of the Pioneer models on public display. There was one at Funway Amusement Park in Fort Walton, FL but I don't know what happened to that statue or if it is one of these. In addition to the five shown above, there is one in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Billy Bob has been strapped to poles to keep him upright ever since Hurricane Hugo in 1989. [map]

Daniel Boone is part of Daniel Boone Village, a complex of antique shops and tourist attractions. The Village opened in 1965 as Daniel Boone Country. This statue was originally from Virginia and moved here in the 1970s. The plastic sign is at the Boone Square shopping center which is just down the street from Daniel Boone Village. [map]

This Pioneer statue in Edneyville is located just a mile or so east of Bub Hyder's Ranch.

This Pioneer statue in Roanoke Rapids stood on the roof of Elmo Garner Jewelers in town until around 1989. He was then moved to the Roanoke Valley Sudan Shriners' Club. An oil drum was added to his hat to simulate a fez. The statue was repainted around 2008. For more, see this website.

The Pioneer statue in Pigeon Forge had been accessorized with a knife and the remains of a sword. The statue was located at the long-closed Bunnyland miniature golf course. The statue was still there in 2015 but gone in 2016. For more, see this website. [photos thanks Joel Baker]

More International Fiberglass Statues:
Ali Baba: 1, 2 (Los Angeles, CA) [gone]
Uncle Sam statues (Ottawa Lake, MI & Lake George, NY)
Jesse James (for Jesse James Territory in Sullivan, MO): 1, 2, 3 (private collection; Cuba, MO) [photos thanks Terry Nelson]
A&W Burger Family (various locations)
Bugle Boy (location unknown) [photo thanks Terry Nelson]

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