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Kentucky Statues

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Kosair
Shriners
Louisville, KY
Gabe
Owensboro, KY
Knight
Cave City, KY
This Kosair Shriners statue is installed in front of the Kosair Shriners Temple. The Shriners organization has more than twenty Children's Hospitals around the country. There are similar statues like this elsewhere around the country, including these in Atlanta, GA, Las Vegas, NV, Portland, OR, Knoxville, TN, and Richmond, VA. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Gabe represents Gabe Fiorella who owned Gabe's Tower Inn. This 12 and a half foot tall statue was produced by Elmer Cecil. It is made of concrete over a steel frame. The statue was installed in front of Gabe's Restaurant in 1966. Gabe's jacket was originally painted red. The statue revolved 24 hours per day on top of a six foot pedestal. There was originally a piece around the base emblazoned with Gabe's greeting: "Hi neighbor! It's a wonderful world!". The restaurant closed in 1985. In 1986, the statue was moved to Owen's Concrete Products. It now stands in front of Burlew Blvd. Mini Storage. For more, see this website. [map]

This Knight stands in front of Debbie's Rock & Gift Shop. These statues were mass-produced and there are still at least a few of them around the country. [map]

The Thinker
Owensboro, KY
Muffler Man
Owensboro, KY
The Thinker statue is installed in front of TD's Tuff Decisions, a costumes and party novelties store. These photos are from 2010. Around 2012, the statue was dressed in shorts. [map]

These Muffler Men are installed on the side of the building at Mr. Muffler & Brake Center. The statue on the left is a portrait of one of the men that works there. [map]

Superman [gone]
Owensboro, KY
This Superman statue was installed at CoolEctor's Mall, a comic book and collectibles store when these photos were taken in 2010. The statue was built by Rick Phelps. Around 2012, the store moved to a new location and changed names. The statue was sold to a collector. I'm pretty sure this Batman statue was also there and is also gone.

More Kentucky Giants:
Barrel Family (Bardstown)
Colonel Sanders (Corbin)
Freddie Farm Bureau (Louisville)
David (Louisville)
Mr. Top Hat (Owensboro) [map]

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