Charleston, Oregon: Charlie the Tuna Statue

Everyone's favorite pre-packed tuna spokesfish, adopted as a town mascot and rendered in wood. Destroyed in 2008, replaced in 2009.
Address:
Cape Arago Highway, Charleston, OR
Directions:
West of US Hwy 101 on coast at Coos Bay, along Cape Arago Highway.
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Charlie tuna. Charlie the Tuna Statue

Unfortunately, the original Charlie Tuna statue was abducted by local teens, who turned him into a bonfire. There was a formal mourning parade for the beloved mascot, and a public service for his recovered remains. The community of Charleston banded together and commissioned a replacement Charlie Tuna, which has been erected in its place.

An upgraded feature is that one of his fins are suspended with a spring, so if the wind is blowing he will be waving as you drive by.

[Trucker Mamma, 09/02/2011]
Charlie the Tuna. Charlie the Tuna

The Charlie the Tuna statue is standing proudly in front of the Charleston Visitor Center.

[Steve, 09/02/2010]

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