Glendale, Ohio: Black Squirrel Town

Since the 1940s, the Glendale has had a population of black squirrels, paints its fire trucks black, features fiberglass squirrel statues, a dead stuffed black squirrel that is official greeter at the Village Office. They may still display the hide of one of the original critters at a local restaurant (Meritage).
Address:
1140 Congress Ave., Glendale, OH
Directions:
Suburb of Cincinnati, Congress Ave and Sharon Rd.
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Squirrel statue. Black Squirrels

The Village of Glendale, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati) also has black squirrels, and in honor of them, even the fire trucks are painted black.

[Jason A. Powell, 07/25/2011]

Glendale's Black Squirrel Origin Story traces them back to the 1940s when a Glendale businessman brought four from Harbor Springs, MI and let them go in town. One was shot dead within weeks, but the survivors went forth and multiplied. The hide of the shot squirrel may still hang in the village's Meritage Restaurant. A recent community art project featured decorated squirrel statues. An "official greeter" dead squirrel can be seen in the Glendale Village Office.

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