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Giant Polar Bears

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Polar Bear
Louisville, KY
Polar Bears
Rumney, NH
Polar Bear
Worcester, MA
The Lousville Polar Bear is installed in front of Zipper Air Conditioning & Heating. The bear originaly came from Owensboro, KY but has been here for many years.

These Polar Bears are part of the sign at Polar Caves Park which has offered cave tours since 1922. For more, see their website.

The Worcester Polar Bear is installed on the roof of Polar Beverages' headquarters and production plant. A polar bear named Orson has been the mascot for the company since 1902. This inflatable Oroson statue is obviously much more modern. Does anyone know when he was first installed?

Polar Bear & Cubs
Mesa, AZ
The bronze Polar Bear & Cubs sculpture is about nine feet long. It was installed here in 2007. It was created by Dollores Shelledy. It was designed for children to climb on. There is another casting of this sculpture at Sea World in Orlando, FL.

Polar Bear
Tawas City, MI
Polar Bear
Elmira, NY
Polar Bear
Spring, TX
This Tawas City Polar Bear stands in front of the North Star Motel. The bear wears different outfits throughout the year. For more, see their website.

The Elmira Polar Bear stands on the roof of the Maple Lawn Dairy Bar. They opened in 1962 with a giant metal ice cream cone sign on the roof. The bear is dressed in various outfits throughout the year. Their ice cream is homemade.

The Spring Polar Bear is installed in front of Conroe Taxidermy. The fiberglass statue was built in 1989.

Polar Bear
La Crosse, WI
Polar Bear
Homewood, IL
Polar Bears
White Bear Lake, MN
The Polar Bear in La Crosse was installed on the roof of Paul's Heating & Air Conditioning. The store also had a polar bear and seal in the window that were taxidermied after an Alaskan hunt in 1971. This photo was taken in 2007. In 2010, the store moved to Onalaska, WI. I believe the bear is on display at the new location.

This Polar Bear in Homewood is located on someone's front lawn.

These Polar Bears in White Bear Lake are installed in front of the Twin City Nursery.

Polar Chevrolet
White Bear Lake, MN
Polar Chevrolet features a 35 foot tall polar bear statue. The fiberglass and steel bear was installed in 1964. The artist that created him, Gordon Shumaker, is also responsible for other giant statues in Minnesota including the Smokey Bear in International Falls, the Big Ole Viking in Alexandria, the Gopher at the St. Paul Fairgrounds, and the Bluegill in Orr. This polar bear statue weighs several tons. It was originally installed on a post in front of the dealership which was then known as Thane-Hawkins Chevrolet. The statue was a frequent target of local kids who shot arrows at it. To discourage this practice, the dealership moved it to the roof in 1971. However, the statue moved a bit in high winds which caused concern. Therefore, the statue was moved to a new post in 1986. The bear wore painted-on swimming trunks of different designs from around 1986-2004. The statue also wore sunglasses for awhile. During a period of road construction, the statue wore a hard hat and tool belt. The smiling bear has remained white and unadorned in recent years. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Commercial Casino
Elko, NV
The Commercial Casino features two giant polar bear statues, one over each entrance. The statues are at least 18 feet tall. Neon tubing behind the bears illuminates them at night. Old postcards reveal that at least one of these statues wore a cowboy hat and bandana. There appeared to be a pipe or a gun in one of his paws. The inspiration for these statues is the taxidermied polar bear which stands in the same pose inside the casino. At 10 feet, 4 inches tall, "White King" was believed to be the world's largest polar bear. The Alaskan bear was shot, stuffed and displayed at Jonas Furs in Denver, CO before the casino purchased him in 1958. He was put in their coffee shop where he remains today. The casino promoted their acquisition with a giant billboard across the street depicting the bear. Around 1959, an additional polar bear sign was installed above the billboard. The bear part of the sign was about 30 feet tall and might have been accented with neon. That sign seems to have disappeared sometime in the 1960s. Today's statues were probably installed in the 1960s or 1970s. They are repainted every couple years because they are popular bird perches. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

More Polar Bears:
Nome, AK
St. Paul, MN
Cochrane, ON

Polar Bears
Nashville, TN
These 5 1/2 feet tall plaster Polar Bears were created in 1930 for Polar Bear Frozen Custard shops. The buildings icy exteriors were embedded with mirrored glass for a glittering appearance. There was a location in Washington, DC which was demolished in the early 1980s. There was also another location in Wichita, KS. I don't know where the chain was first established or how many locations there were. However, the majority of remaining polar bear statues are in Tennessee.

The statues shown above were installed in front of a residence on Edgehill Ave. in the 1940s. In 2005, they were moved to this new spot in the neighborhood, now officially known as the "Edgehill Polar Bear Plaza". There are reports of two other Polar Bears like this in Nashville - one might be the one described below. Does anyone know where the fourth might be?

Polar Bear
Nashville, TN
Polar Bear
Jackson, TN
Polar Bear
Middleton, TN
This Nashville Polar Bear is another example of the custard shop bears described above. This one is in front of a residence and is now missing an arm.

This Jackson Polar Bear now functions as a mailbox at the Fireplace Center.

These Middleton Polar Bears are installed in front of the police station.

Polar Bears
Memphis, TN
This pair of Memphis Polar Bears is installed in front of the Happy Hocker pawn shop. There was originally a Polar Bear Frozen Custard shop here. At some point later, it became the Fairview Drive Inn. The drive-in closed sometime after the 1990s.

Polar Bears
Memphis, TN
This pair of Memphis Polar Bears stands in front of Java Juice & Jazz. At some point after 2007, they were moved here from across the street. But before that, I don't know where these bears were located.

Polar Bears
Tunica, MS
Polar Bears
Memphis, MS
Polar Bear
Springfield, MO
The Tunica Polar Bears have been standing in front of Happy Daze since they opened around 1993. These statues came from St. Louis. In 2014, these statues had painted on swim trunks. The snowballs were also painted different colors.

The third pair of Memphis Polar Bears is at a Dixie Queen Hamburgers location near the Mississippi state line.

The Springfield Polar Bear is installed on the roof of McDaniel Furs.

Polar Bear
Morenci, MI
This Polar Bear stands on the front lawn of a house.

More Snowball Polar Bears:
Saltillo, MS [gone]

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