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|Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear & Ranger Smith
Rocky Mount, NC (now Nashville, NC)
These Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear and Ranger Smith statues once stood at a Yogi Bear's Honey Fried Chicken restaurant. The restaurant chain had locations in the Southeast in the 1960s and 1970s. The only location left is in Hartsville, SC. The statues were based on Yogi Bear cartoon characters from the 1960s. This Yogi Bear statue is much older than most of the ones at Jellystone Parks (see below). His open mouth was a popular nesting place for birds, so it was changed in later models. These statues of Yogi with the drumstick, as well as those of Ranger Smith, Boo-Boo Bear and Cindy Bear (missing from this group) are very rare. They might be the only ones left from the restaurant chain. These statues stood in front of someone's house. These photos are from 2010. The statues were still there in 2012. By 2017, the statues were gone. They were restored in 2019 and are now displayed at Leon Parker Signs in Nashville, NC. These statues were produced by International Fiberglass. These vintage photos courtesy of Terry Nelson: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. [map]
According to one source, there were Yogi Bear Hamburgers restaurants in Sacramento and Carmichael, CA in the late 1960s that used these Yogi Bear and Ranger Smith statues as well.
|Yogi Bear "Graveyard" [gone]Halifax, NC
This Yogi Bear "Graveyard" contained dozens of statues of Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear, Cindy Bear, and Ranger Smith. Since Yogi clutched a chicken drumstick, it's clear that these figures were cast-offs from a Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken restaurant. The chain was based in North Carolina. There were non-Yogi fiberglass animals here as well. These statues were installed sometime in the 1970s at a truck stop on the property. However, around 2003, they were dumped behind a fence at the back of the site and began deteriorating. Around 2008, the truck stop was rebuilt and the abandoned statues were removed. It's possible that these Rocky Mount statues shown above came from the truck stop before the rest of them were destroyed. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [photo thanks Les Parker]
The Boo-Boo statue in Boulder hangs from the ceiling of the World Famous Dark Horse bar.
More Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken Statues:
Bolton, NC [map]
|The Jellystone Park Camp Resort chain was established in 1969 and now has 70 locations in 27 states and Canada. I've heard that Jellystone Park originally used statues from the defunct Yogi Bear's Honey Fried Chicken chain (see above). However, all the statues that I have seen from both places appear to be different designs. For more, see this website.
Mill Run, PA
|I believe this Jellystone Park has more Yogi Bear and related statues than any of the other locations. There are two basket-holding Yogi Bears (one much bigger than the other), one running Yogi, two Cindy Bear statues (one with a flower on her head, the other without), one Ranger Smith, and one Boo-Boo Bear. There is also an unrelated Cowboy and Bronco statue.
|I believe the entrance gate and sign are unique to this Jellystone Park. [map]
Wisconsin Dells, WI
The sign at Jellystone Park in Wisconsin Dells was produced by International Fiberglass. I assume that these signs were produced for other locations as well. I haven't been inside but this park's website shows some statues. [map]
The Jellystone Park in Caledonia features three Yogi Bear statues, a Cindy Bear, and a Ranger Smith. I might have missed a Boo-Boo Bear statue which was there in 2008. These photos are from 2011.
Estes Park, CO
The Jellystone Park in Larkspur features this Yogi Bear statue at the entrance. I believe this location opened in 2009. [map]
The Jellystone Park in Estes Park features two Yogi Bear statues and one Boo-Boo Bear statue.
Fort Atkinson, WI
|This Jellystone Park features all the characters. There is a Yogi Bear, two other Yogis, a Boo-Boo Bear, a Cindy Bear, and a Ranger Smith.
Cave City, KY
Seaside Heights, NJ
The Yogi Bear in Cave City stands in front of this Jellystone Park Camp Resort. There are several other identical statues on the property. For more, see this website. [map]
The Yogi Bear in Emporia is also at a Jellystone Park.
The Yogi Bear in Hatch is located across the street from Sparky's restaurant. There are a number of other fiberglass statues of people and animals at the restaurant. [map]
The Yogi Bears in Brandon are also at a Jellystone Park. The first statue shown above has a different shaped face, foot position, and appears to have held something aloft in his right hand. There is another statue of this design in Kingston, NS. For more, see this website. [map]
The Yogi Bear in Seaside Heights is on the Pier with several other statues of people and animals. I have never seen a Yogi Bear statue with both arms akimbo like this.
Horn Lake, MS
The Yogi Bear was installed at the Jellystone Park in Eufala when it opened in 2008. [map]
These two Yogi Bear statues and a Boo-Boo Bear statue in Fredericksburg are installed at the Texas Wine Country Jellystone Park. [map]
These two Yogi Bear statues are located at the Jellystone Park in Horn Lake. This park opened in 2011. [map]
More Jellystone Park Statues:
was Bridgeton, NC; now Chocowinity, NC [map]
Luray, VA: 1, 2 [map]
Lower Woodstock, NB
Niagara Falls, ON
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