Palm Springs, California: Gene Autry StatueSinging cowboy Gene Autry was a familiar figure in Palm Springs when he was alive, and his larger-than-life statue ensures that he'll continue to be familiar even though he's dead.
Gene Autry Plaza
- Ramon Rd, Palm Springs, CA
- I-10 exit 130, then drive west for five miles on Ramon Rd. The statue will be on the left (south) side, on the southest corner of Ramon Rd and Gene Autry Trail, in front of the Gene Autry Plaza shopping center.
Visitor Tips and News About Gene Autry Statue
The Gene Autry statue is at the corner of a busy intersection. Statue looks creepy at night.[De, 09/04/2010]
The Palm Springs Public Arts Commission originally banned this larger-than-life bronze statue of Gene Autry, because it was an exact copy of a statue outside of the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles -- right down to Gene's singing cowboy guitar, fancy boots, and good-guy hat. Autry supporters insisted that it wasn't an exact copy, since the LA statue was accompanied by a statue of Gene Autry's horse. Since this was Palm Springs, the logic of this argument held sway, and Gene was unveiled in late 2009 in front of a shopping center bearing his name.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 12/03/2009]