Charleston, Oregon: Charlie the Tuna StatueEveryone's favorite pre-packed tuna spokesfish, adopted as a town mascot and rendered in wood. Destroyed in 2008, replaced in 2009.
- Cape Arago Highway, Charleston, OR
- West of US Hwy 101 on coast at Coos Bay, along Cape Arago Highway.
Charlie the Tuna Statue: Well that didn't take long. Acting on an anonymous tip, Sheriff's deputies in Coos County, Oregon, surprised two 21-year-olds and two teens as they hacked apart a stolen statue of Charlie the Tuna with a chainsaw. [06/10/2008] Complete Story...
Charlie the Tuna Statue: Earlier this week, the Del Monte corporation announced that it was dumping Starkist tuna -- and its spokesfish Charlie -- blaming it on "highly sensitive price elasticity." [06/08/2008] Complete Story...
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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
The Charlie the Tuna statue is standing proudly in front of the Charleston Visitor Center.[Steve, 09/02/2010]