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

Address:
2811 Lincoln Highway, Jennerstown, PA
Directions:
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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