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Cowboy Statues: Western Pancake House

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The Cowboy statues shown below originally stood in front of Western Pancake House restaurants. I don't know how many of these statues were produced. There were 10 of these restaurants built around the Columbus, OH area in the late 1960s. By the early 1970s, there were three dozen locations in the Midwest. The chain is long gone except for a new location which opened in 2009 in Grove City, OH.

Cowboy [gone]
East Palatka, FL
Cowboy [gone]
Columbus, OH
Cowboy
Grove City, OH

Cowboy
Columbus, OH
Cowboy [gone]
Alexandria, OH
former Cowboy [gone]
Decatur, IL
The Cowboy in East Palatka somehow found its way to Florida. The statue was on private property with several other statues including some elephants and giraffes. Evidently, kids' parties were held at the back of the property. The property was for sale in 2021 and all of the statues were gone.

The Cowboy in Columbus shown in the top row above is or was located on private property by the side of the road. It disappeared in 2018.

The Cowboy in Grove City is located at Columbus Auto Resale. He has been there since at least the late 1990s. [map]

The Cowboy in Columbus shown in the second row above is installed in front of Ari's Diner. [map]

The Cowboy in Alexandria was installed in front of Wind Song Western World which sold Western apparel. By 2016, the store and statue were gone.

The Cowboy in Decatur was modified to look like a biker. He sat on the roof of 22nd St. Discount Liquor. This photo is from 2010. In 2013, the statue was removed.

More Western Pancake House Cowboys:
Mansfield, OH [gone]
Piketon, OH

If you know of any other examples of these statues, I'd love to hear about them.

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