Praying Mantis statue.

Praying Mantis Statue

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Jennerstown, Pennsylvania

A Praying Mantis statue has stood along Route 30 -- the Lincoln Highway -- since the mid-1960s. Though it's a somewhat minor landmark at 9-ft. tall, it gets points for endurance. In November 2007, bug-averse vandals damaged the statue and dragged it across the street, where owner Georgia Sheftic found it. But this mantis is a tough bug; it has been vandalized and repaired before.

The big insect -- today referred to as "Survivor" by Sheftic -- was sculpted in fiberglass by James Sidwell, who also made a Praying Mantis and assorted creatures for Dinosaur Land in White Post, Virginia. It's been in its current location for over 20 years.

Praying Mantis Statue

2811 Lincoln Highway, Jennerstown, PA
East of town, on the south side of US 30, just west of its interchange with Hwy 219. Next to a business named Weeds N Seeds.
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