Gibsonton, Florida: Boot Monument for Civic Circus GiantA reproduction of circus giant Al Tomaini's 35-inch-high boot is perched atop a towering granite pillar that's as tall as he was.
- US Hwy 41 S., Gibsonton, FL
- On the southbound (west) side of US 41 just south of the bridge over the Alafia River. I-75 exit 250, drive west on Gibsonton Drive for 2.5 miles, then turn right onto US 41 and drive north for one-half-mile.
Boot Monument for Civic Circus Giant: For over 40 years, a rotting rubber boot was the unofficial civic symbol of Gibsonton, Florida. [10/04/2010] Complete Story...
Freak Tribute Boot: Gibsonton may soon be home to one massive marble boot, which is being created to honor the memory of a beloved character in the town's history: 8-foot 4-inch giant Al Tomaini, who, with his petite and legless wife Jeanie, founded the famous freak-and-fishing-friendly resort Giant's Camp. [05/07/2010] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About Boot Monument for Civic Circus Giant
Gibtown as the locals call it is a wintering town for various circus/carnival folks. The post office has a special counter sized especially for dwarves.[Chester Harris, 01/23/2009]
The old post office with the dwarf counter is gone. The new post office also has a special low counter, but it's designed for people in wheelchairs, not dwarves.
This world-famous restaurant [in a circus freak-wintering town] has finally had to close its doors. It is a sad day for Tampa Bay.[Scott Kjeer, 07/23/2007]
The Giant's Boot ain't lookin' so hot nowadays. It's peeling apart and feels really strange and waxy. The monument company seems to be shut down, the sign is leaning against a small house, and we didn't see any work area. There's a headstone against the fence that says "Rocks Monuments." The Giant's Camp is still there and open -- there were people hanging out on the back porch until it started to rain. We had to ask them about the boot -- it's right out in front, but we drove right past it. It kind of blends into the trailer behind it, I guess. Like I said, it's about to fall apart. My husband said, "Why don't they just put out the other boot?"[Mj Shenk, 03/15/2004]
October 2006 -- Giant's Camp cafe reported by several tipsters as closed.