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Indian Statues (page 3)

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Palacine Indian
Bartlesville, OK
This Palacine Indian statue was installed at Woolaroc Ranch in 1935. Frank Phillips of Phillips 66 fame bought four of these statues for his ranch. I believe there are still two others on the property. Other than the one in Ballinger, TX described below, I don't know of any other statues like this that still exist. They were mass-produced in the 1920s and 1930s by the Palacine Oil Company for their Wirt-Franklin gas stations in Oklahoma. The statues are made of cast zinc-alloy and are about 11 feet tall. There were at least 18 of them produced. The faux rock bases were inscribed with the words "A Friend". For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Palacine Indian
Ballinger, TX
Indian
Ballinger, TX
This Palacine Indian statue was installed in Ballinger City Park in 1939. At some point, the faux rock base was replaced with a real one. The statue was damaged and dumped in a creek in the late 1950s and never recovered. In 2008, Cinnamon Carter began researching the history of the statue with her sixth grade class. This led to fundraising and commissioning a replacement statue. In 2010, a Palacine Indian was discovered in Duncan, OK and donated to Carter. It is now in storage at Higginbotham Brothers hardware store. It is hoped that the statue's intact legs can be freed somehow from the concrete inside the barrel. The new bronze statue was installed in the park in 2012. It was created by Hugh Campbell III. For more, see this website. [map]

More Palacine Indian statues:
Caddo Indians Monument (Caddo Gap, AR)

Big Indian
Kingsport, TN
The Big Indian statue was built in 1954 for "Honest John's Trading Post". The nearly 26 foot tall Indian was built by the owner, John Barker aka "Honest John". It was created from lumber, wire mesh, stucco, sand, cement and fiberglass. Including the base and the 48 inch feather, the statue is about 33 feet tall. In the late 1950s, the business and statue were moved to Stone Drive, the new main highway. In addition to the gift shop, Honest John's now featured a restaurant and gas station. Pratt's Bar-B-Que bought the building and moved here in 1971. In 2018, the statue's head bent forward. The head is being replicated by Mark Cline. [first photo from 1950s at Honest John's thanks Robby Delius] [map]

Indian Archer
Champaign, IL
This Indian Archer, aka The Chief, was originally located in Danville, IL. The 17 foot tall copper statue was built in 1949 for Herb Drew's Plumbing & Heating (1, 2). When the business closed in 1994, the owner's grandson moved the Indian here to the Curtis Apple Orchard. The statue represents Kesis, a famous Kickapoo Indian from Illinois. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Indian
Poplar Bluff, MO
This Indian statue originally stood in front of the Big Chief Trading Post. These photos are from 2010. The statue was restored sometime between 2015 and 2017. [map]

Chief Tseul-Ted
Sultan, WA
This 13-foot-tall statue of Chief Tseul-Ted, also known as Sultan John, was created by Jerry Dwayne Carter in the 1980s. The local tribal Chief died in 1906. The statue is made of sawdust and resin and is installed in River Park. He holds a spear in one hand and a salmon in the other. [map]

Chief Red Robe
Thief River Falls, MN
This fiberglass statue of Chief Red Robe was created by Creative Display and installed in 1976. Although the clothing was an accurate representation, the face does not resemble Red Robe. For more, see this website. [map]

The mold for the Red Robe statue was used to produce other statues like those in Geary, Franklin and Gallup shown below.

Indian
Geary, OK
Indian [gone]
Franklin, KY
Indian
Gallup, NM
The Indian in Geary stands in front of the Cherokee Restaurant & Trading Post. [map]

The Indian in Franklin was located in front of Dixie Discount at the Kentucky and Tennessee state line. This photo is from 2007. The statue was toppled in a storm in 2012 and removed.

The Indian in Gallup stands in front of the Navajo Travel Plaza. In 2018, the statue was knocked over by strong winds. It is expected to be restored and reinstalled. [map]

More Chief Red Robe style statues:
Thunderbird Motel (Bloomington, MN) [gone]
Tupelo Buffalo Park (Tupelo, MS)
Loretta Lynn Ranch (Hurricane Mills, TN)

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