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Uncle Sam Statues

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Uncle Sam
Ottawa Lake, MI

Uncle Sam
Lake George, NY
The Uncle Sam statue in Ottawa Lake was originally installed in 1965 at an Uncle Sam's Drive-in in Toledo, OH. The statue is about 40 feet tall. According to one report, the outstretched hand was meant to hold a giant hamburger. However, the burger was too heavy and that part of the design was scrapped. When the restaurant closed and changed names, the statue was painted to look like Abraham Lincoln. Later, it was briefly painted black when it was owned by a septic tank dealer. In 1992, the statue was moved to 23 Fuel Stop in Ottawa Lake, MI, a gas station and fireworks place, where it stands today. In 2001, the statue was repainted as part of Hampton Inns' Save-a-Landmark program.

According to this article, this was one of three statues created in Wisconsin in the mid-1960s for Uncle Sam's restaurants. However, news articles and other materials prove that International Fiberglass in Venice, CA produced these statues. See these items from Terry Nelson: 1, 2 and 3.

The smaller Uncle Sam statues mentioned in the article are completely different styles. I don't believe they had anything to do with Uncle Sam's Drive-ins. They are described below on this webpage. They were probably produced at FAST or one of its predecessors in Sparta, WI. For more, see this website.

The Uncle Sam statue in Lake George is located at Magic Forest. It appears to be a twin and just as tall as the one in Ottawa Lake. More than likely, it was one of the other one or two statues that were installed at an Uncle Sam's Drive-in. By 1972, this statue was installed at the Danbury Fair in Danbury, CT. When the Danbury Fair closed in 1981, Magic Forest bought the statue from them. It was installed at Magic Forest the following year. The statue was repainted in 1992. For more, see this website.

Uncle Sam
Convoy, OH
Uncle Sam
Virginia, MN
The statues shown here in Convoy and Virginia and in the next two rows below appear to be smaller versions of the statue show above in Ottawa Lake. They are about 24 feet tall. It's not known what business or type of business these statues were originally built for. They may have been created for the All-American car wash chain or for a fireworks store chain. Or they may have been designed as a a smaller version designed for Uncle Sam's restaurants (see above). For more, see this website.

These statues also bear a strong resemblance to the gas station attendant statues in Indiana. I don't know which were built first.

The Uncle Sam in Convoy is located at U.S. 30 Fireworks.

The Uncle Sam in Virginia stands in front of Iron Trail Motors.

Uncle Sam [gone]
Evansville, IN
Uncle Sam
Fort Erie, ON
The Uncle Sam in Evansville stood in front of an All-American Car Wash. The statue was raised up on stilts. These photos are from 2006. By 2011, the statue was gone. Does anyone know what happened to it? There were two other statues like this in Vincennes, IN at All-American Car Washes. I believe both are gone now. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Uncle Sam in Fort Erie is installed on the roof of Uncle Sam's Bingo.

Uncle Sam
Waynesville, OH

2005:

Hatch, NM
2008:
Hatch, NM
2012:
This Uncle Sam stood in front of Spencer's Antiques in Waynesville, OH when the top photos were taken in 2005. In 2006, the statue was sold on eBay for $10,000 and moved to Hatch, NM. It laid on its back in an empty lot for a few years. It now stands next to Sparky's restaurant. This Uncle Sam holds a chili pepper which is what Hatch is known for. Sparky's has many other fiberglass statues of people and animals.

Uncle Sam
Great American Car Wash
Terre Haute, IN
The Terre Haute Uncle Sam stands on the roof of the Great American Car Wash. I haven't seen one like this anywhere else but it might have been mass-produced for this car wash chain. I don't know if the Great American Car Wash was a competitor of the All-American Car Wash or if one split off from the other. For more, see this website.

Uncle Sams
Indianapolis, IN
There are two Uncle Sams at the Eastgate Chrysler Plymouth Jeep dealership. One of them is much larger than the other - the smaller is the fourth photo above.

Uncle Sam [gone]
Clarksville, TN
The Clarksville Uncle Sam laid on his back behind the Top Dollar Pawn Shop. The store owned him for a number of years. In 2006, when the business relocated in town, they brought this statue along. By 2009, he was sold. The last I heard, they had wanted more than $10,000 for him.

More Uncle Sams:
Newtown, CT; now Danbury, CT
Merrillville, IN [gone]
Troy, NY

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