Gibsonton, Florida: Boot Monument for Civic Circus Giant

A 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.
Address:
US Hwy 41 S., Gibsonton, FL
Directions:
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.
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Dwarf Counter Post Office

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.

Giant's Camp Restaurant

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]
Giant's boot. Giant's Boot in Freak Wintering Town

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.

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