Thief River Falls, Minnesota: Chief Moose Dung Statue

These days, the city would rather you call him Chief Red Robe. His statue is clad in red, he has a grave expression on his face, and two feathers that resemble big bunny ears.

Red Robe Park

Address:
8th St. E., Thief River Falls, MN
Directions:
Red Robe Park. On the south side of Hwy 1/8th St. E., just west of the bridge over the Red Lake River.
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Chief Moose Dung

Statue of a Chippewa chief who made a treaty for the land in Northwestern Minnesota (note: the city of TRF calls him Chief Red Robe, but his real name is Chief Moose Dung. Hey, if you were promoting tourism, you'd probably call him Chief Red Robe too!).

[Thomas Walker, 03/15/2004]

The chief was known as Red Robe and Moose Dung, so both names apply. His statue was originally erected in 1976 and was modeled from a photograph of Moose Dung -- except for the face, which would have cost extra, and the Bicentennial Commission couldn't afford it. When it was repainted in 1997 all references to Moose Dung were removed from its plaque. Copies of the statue can be found at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch, the Navajo Travel Lodge, and other places.

Chief Moose Dung

Large painted Indian Chief who once owned all the land where the present city is. He was nicknamed "Moose Dung" by the early white settlers. His tribal name was Mo-see-mo.

[Dave Strong, 09/09/2000]

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