Lion Statues

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Thomasville, NC
McHenry, IL
Wilmington, NC
The Lion in Thomasville advertises for the local Lions Club. It was built in the early 1950s. At one time, it was displayed on Christmas parade floats. This photo is from 2010. The statue was painted more naturalistic colors in 2008. [map]

The Lions in McHenry have flanked the driveway of Extreme Jeep since 1997. This photo is from 2008. By 2012, the dealership was gone and the property was being used by the Fox River Flea Market. Prior to being installed here, the statues were located at a Toyota dealership in Evanston, IL. The fiberglass lions were created in 1975 and originally installed at the entrance of Old Chicago, a now defunct amusement park in Bolingbrook, IL. The statues were inspired by the pair of bronze lions at Chicago's Art Institute. [map]

The Lion statue in Wilmington is located at the entrance to Tregembo Animal Park which opened in 1952 as the Tote Em In Zoo. For more, see this website. [map]

El Monte, CA
This bronze Lion is located at El Monte High School. The statue came from Gay's Lion Farm which operated in El Monte from 1924-1944. This statue was donated to the school in 1948. The school's mascot is the lion. The statue was damaged in 1979 when vandals placed a grenade in its mouth. The statue was repaired. [map]

Pomona, CA
Oklahoma City, OK
Jacksonville, FL
Two of these Lion statues in Pomona were installed in front of the Metro Ale House & Grill around 2015. [map]

This Lion in Oklahoma City is one of an identical pair installed at the entrances to the West Side Lions Club. They have been there since at least 2007. They may date back to 1951 when the club opened at this location. [map]

These three bronze Lions in Jacksonville were installed in this fountain in 1997. They were sculpted by Hugh Nicholson. The Lions are dressed for holidays and other occasions. For more, see this website. [map]

Glendive, MT
This bronze Lion sculpture, entitled "Heart of a Lion," was created by Harvey Rattey. It was installed in 2019 in front of the Eastern Plains Events Center. The sculpture is a tribute to community volunteers. [map]

Los Angeles, CA
These two Lion statues are installed on the roof of Devon Glass & Mirror. [map]

Fresno, CA
Las Vegas, NV
This Lion in Fresno functions as a drinking fountain at Playland, an amusement park. Playland opened in 1955. I don't know how old this statue is. There are other mass-produced lion drinking fountains around the country but I have not seen one like this one at Playland anywhere else.

This Lion in Las Vegas was installed in front of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in 1998. The statue is 45 feet tall. It replaced a larger, less realistic lion that functioned as the hotel's entrance when it opened in 1993. At least part of the reason for the replacement was because Asian tourists felt it was bad luck to enter the mouth of a lion. For more, see this website. [map]

Lions Club International
Augusta, WI
Buffalo, NY
I believe this Lions Club International statue is unique. The design may have been inspired by Case Eagle statues or it may have originated as a Case statue and been reworked. [map]

There are four marble Lions in Buffalo at the base of the McKinley Memorial. They were sculpted by Alexander Phimister Proctor in 1907. The sleeping lions are a tribute to the loss of President McKinley. He was assassinated in Buffalo at the opening of the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. The lions are 12 feet long and symbolize strength. For more, see this website. [map]

Kansas City, MO
There are two granite Lioness statues installed in front of the Kansas City Life Insurance Company Building. They were produced by Jorgen C. Dreyer in 1924. [map]

Port Arthur, TX
These Lions have been installed in front of this residence since at least 2008. [map]

New Orleans, LA
These two Lions guard the entrance to Pritchard Place which was developed in 1913. The stone lions were installed then. They were carved by the Albert Weiblen Marble and Granite Company. [map]

New Orleans, LA
These are two pairs of Lions are installed in front of the City Park Peristyle which was built in 1907. [map]

San Diego, CA


This bronze Lion statue was installed at the entrance to the San Diego Zoo in 2018. The statue entitled "Rex's Roar" defies gravity with the support of more than 100,000 pounds of underground concrete. The statue was being restored in 2020. For more, see this website. [map]

More Lions:
Bonita Springs, FL
North Miami Beach, FL [map]
Cedar Rapids, IA
Manistee, MI
McIntosh, MN [map]
Hysham, MT
Bascom, OH
Bethlehem, PA

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