Popeye statue in the fountain.

Popeye Statue - 2007 Model

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Alma, Arkansas

Alma, Arkansas feels a deep connection to Popeye the Sailor Man, the comic strip character. Popeye's ability to suck superhuman strength from a can of spinach made him the obvious mascot for a company that... cans a product labeled "Popeye Spinach." Alma had also proclaimed itself "Spinach Capital of the World."

Other towns celebrate Popeye, but Alma has doggedly kept him in the spotlight as a town centerpiece. When their paper mache mutant statue of the Sailor Man began to deteriorate, he was retired (to an inside display) and the town built a new Popeye landmark in 2007. In the center of the former vacant lot-turned public park is a large fountain with a bronze Popeye hoisting his signature can of power veggies. It was unveiled at the town's annual Spinach Festival.

Popeye Statue - 2007 Model

Popeye Park

Address:
Fayetteville Ave., Alma, AR
Directions:
Popeye Park. I-40 exit 12 onto US 71 south. Go through the traffic light, bear left, then turn right onto Fayetteville Ave./Hwy 162 into downtown. The Park is at the other end of town, on the right.
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