Indian Statues (page 1)

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Chief Black Hawk
Oregon, IL
Chief St. Germain
St. Germain, WI
Osceola, WI
The Chief Black Hawk statue is 48 feet tall and made of reinforced concrete. Also known as the Eternal Indian, he was built from 1908-1911 and is located in Lowden State Park. In 2014, restoration of the statue began. Work was still going on in 2016. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The statue of Chief St. Germain stands at the entrance to town. There never really was a Chief St. Germain. This statue was built as a tribute to the town's Indian heritage. [map]

The slightly larger-than-life Indian statue in Osceola is installed downtown above the stairs to Cascade Falls. [map]

La Crosse, WI
Skowhegan, ME
The concrete Hiawatha statue in La Crosse is 25 feet tall and was installed here in 1961. It was created by Anthony Zimmerhakl to mark the spot where three rivers meet and Native Americans gathered. The statue was not named Hiawatha until long after it was built and most locals still refer to it as the "Big Indian". I believe this statue used to "talk". For more, see this website. [map]

The Indian statue in Skowhegan is 62 feet tall, making it the world's tallest Indian statue. It was made from hemlock trees by Bernard Langlais and erected in 1969. The statue had suffered from years of neglect. These photos are from 2007. The statue was restored in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Ironwood, MI
This fiberglass statue of Hiawatha is about 50 feet tall. It was built by Gordon Displays in Minneapolis, MN in 1964. The statue was restored in 2004. [map]

Charlemont, MA
This Indian statue is located at Native Views, previously known as the Big Indian Shop. The statue is about 20 feet tall. It was created by Rodman Shutt who built Amos and many other roadside statues. The photo on the left is either this statue or a similar one being produced. I don't know if Shutt is responsible for the other two life-sized Indians here or if they were mass-produced. [map]

Big Indian
Freeport, ME
This Indian statue is 50 feet tall and is known locally as the "FBI" (Freeport Big Indian). This statue is also the work of Rod Shutt (see the Charlemont Indian described above). In the interests of political correctness, this Indian is now called "MBNA" (Maine's Big Native American). He was originally next to the Casco Bay Trading Post, a clothing and gift shop. The building was converted into an auto shop, then a clothes store and later the Conundrum Wine Bistro restaurant. The Indian is made of fiberglass, plywood and steel rods. He was brought here from Rod's house in Strasburg, PA via flatbed truck in 1969. [map]

Big Chief Lewis
Massapequa, NY
Big Chief Lewis was installed next to the Big Chief Lewis Building, a real estate office, in 1968. The statue was created by Rodman Shutt who built the Charlemont and Freeport Indians described above. The statue is accompanied by a fiberglass horse and buffalo. There is also a wooden totem pole which is placed in the corner of the enclosure so that it can be touched for making wishes. For more, see this website. [map]

Chief Washakie
Shoshone, ID
Indian statues
Shoshone, ID
The Chief Washakie statue was created by R.E. Jacob. It was installed at the Shoshone Ice Caves in 1957. The statue is about 21 feet tall. For more, see this website.

These two Indian statues appear to be wood carvings. They are also located at the Shoshone Ice Caves. [map]

Standing Brave
Big Cabin, OK
The Standing Brave statue is 46 feet tall and installed on a five foot base. It was built by Wade Leslie from 2000-2001. The statue is located in front of the Big Cabin Travel Plaza. For more, see this website. [map]

Barnsdall, OK
Palm Springs, CA
Indian [gone]
San Diego, CA
Merced, CA
Snohomish, WA
Beaver, UT
The Indian statue in Barnsdall is installed in front of Jack's Place which was a private collection of gas station signs, pumps, etc. The statue is about five feet tall. I have no idea how old it is or where it was originally located. While the statue appears to be carved from wood, it is actually made of concrete or plaster. These statues were mass-produced. The Indians hold bundles of cigars in their left hands. In 2016, all of the signs and items were removed from the building but the Indian remained. [map]

The Indian in Palm Springs is identical to the one in Barnsdall but with a different paint job. It is located in front of the Cigar Imports store. [map]

The Indian in San Diego was another example of these statues. This one was located in front of San Diego Pawn. This photo is from 2014. The statue was gone by 2015. For more, see this website.

The Indian in Merced is located inside Marie's Mexican Kitchen. It is similar to the statues shown on the left above. It may be made from wood rather than fiberglass.

The Indian in Snohomish is located at Maltby Antiques.

The Indian in Beaver is installed in front of the Turquoise Chief Trading Post. [map]

There are other Cigar Store Indians like these in Cedarburg, WI, Toronto, ON, and elsewhere.

Oak Lawn, IL
This Indian statue is believed to be the world's largest cigar store Indian. The 26 1/2 foot tall fiberglass Indian holds a bundle of cigars in his left hand. The statue was apparently modeled after the Cigar Store Indians described directly above. It was built by Creative Display in 1980 for Cook County Cigar. It was the only one produced and the owner ensured that the mold was broken. In 1998, the cigar store went out of business and the owner of the Cardinal Liquor store bought the statue and moved it to his store. In 2000, the store moved to the building next door. The statue was moved again at that point. These photos are from 2006. In 2015, the statue was restored. For more, see this website. [map]

Wellton, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Indian [gone]
Dos Palos, CA
The Indian statue in Wellton is about five feet tall. It has stood in front of Beck's Machine Shop since at least 2007. [map]

This pair of wood-carved Indian statues in Prescott was installed at the entrance to the Apache Lodge around 2014. [map]

This fiberglass Indian statue in Dos Palos was located at a junk shop. There was originally a pair of Indians which the owner bought at an auction. He sold one to someone in San Diego. These photos are from 2014. The statue was gone by 2015.

Alameda, CA
Alameda, CA
San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA
Hayward, CA
Davenport, WA
The Indian statues shown in the two row of photos above were produced for the Cigarettes R Cheaper chain in 1996. According to one source, there were hundreds of these seven foot tall statues made. Another source says there were only 72 of them. The company also sold seven inch tall Chief Tawonka figurines. The fictional character of Chief Tawonka was inspired by illustrations of warriors in James Fenimore Cooper's books about the Iroquois Indians. For more, see this website.

The first two photos above shows the statue in Alameda which is located inside the Cigarettes R Cheaper store on Blanding Ave. The other Alameda statue stands outside the Tobacco Superstore which was previously a Cigarettes R Cheaper.

The Indian statue in San Diego now advertises for the Churchill Cigar Lounge. The damage to the statue's left arm reveals that these statues have a foam interior. [map]

The Indian statue in San Francisco is located inside a Cigarettes R Cheaper store. The statue is featured prominently on the store's sign and is painted on a column inside the store. [map]

The Indian statue in Hayward is located at Bell Plastics where there are lots of other fiberglass statues. [map]

The first Indian statue in Davenport shown above is another Cigarettes R Cheaper statue. The second statue is one I haven't seen elsewhere. These statues are located at the Black Bear Motel.

More Chief Tawonka Statues:
Happy Camp, CA
Oakland, CA
Golden, CO
Chicago, IL [gone]
Plainfield, IL

Indian [gone]
Hillsborough, NC
Lake George, NY
Chief Kandiyohi
Willmar, MN
Spring Valley, MN
The Indian in Hillsborough was installed on the roof of the Occoneechee Farm Steak House for many years. In 2010, the restaurant closed and this statue was gone.

The Indian statue in Lake George is located at the Mohican Motel which was built in 1956. [map]

Chief Kandiyohi was a fictional character developed by the Kandiyohi County Bank. This 17 foot tall statue of him was created in 1956. It was originally installed at the Bank of Willmar. In 1983, the statue was moved next to the Kandiyohi County Courthouse. For more, see this website.

The Indian statue in Spring Valley stands in a park next to the visitors information center. The statue was created in the 1940s and was originally installed at the Mystery Cave in Spring Valley which is now a state park. [map]

Tularosa, NM
Yermo, CA
South San
Francisco, CA
Williamson, WV
Bemidji, MN
This Indian statue in Tularosa is located at Three Rivers Trading Post. [map]

This carved Indian statue in Yermo is installed at Calico Ghost Town. It is a little smaller than life sized.

This Indian in South San Francisco is similar to the one in Yermo. It is located inside South City Lumber.

This Indian statue in Williamson is a tribute to Chief Logan of the Mingo Tribe. It stands in a fountain in front of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce. The six foot tall metal statue was built around 1920. It was moved here in 1996. For more, see this website.

This Indian statue in Bemidji represents Shaynowishkung, also known as Chief Bemidji. Shaynowishkung helped early settlers in the area make it through winters. The original statue was a wood carving, created in 1901. After much deterioration, it was replaced with this carved statue in 1952. It was created by Eric Boe. In 2011, fundraising began to create a more accurate and respectable representation of Chief Bemidji. These photos are from 2011. In 2014, this statue was moved to the Beltrami County Historical Society. A realistic, bronze replacement statue has been installed at the site. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Montoursville, PA
Diamond Point, NY
The Indian in Montoursville stands at the entrance to Indian Park.

The Indians in Diamond Point are wood carvings. The statues stood in front of an unidentified motel complex when these photos were taken in 2010. Does anyone know more about them? [map]

Tawas City, MI
This Indian statue was created by Gordon Clute in 1970. It stands in front of the now closed Tawas Indian Museum & Gift Shop. There were a couple other Indian statues there that are gone now. For more, see this website. [map]

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