St. Charles, Illinois: Huge Wooden Colonial GuyIn an equally large rocking chair, rifle across his lap, he's probably wondering why he's in Illinois. Officially named "The Unknown Soldier," he was carved in 1976 by furniture store owner Andrew Pakan, who wanted something to sit in the giant rocking chair that he'd also carved.
- 6N518 IL Route 25, St. Charles, IL
- Custom Furniture. On the west side of Hwy 25, four miles north of St Charles.
Visitor Tips and News About Huge Wooden Colonial Guy
The owners of the Huge Wooden Colonial Guy, and the furniture store behind it, are selling the store and want someone to take their big man. He's 18 feet tall, holds a 14-foot-long musket, and comes with his own rocking chair. According to local news reports, owners Carolyn and Dick Pakan of Custom Furniture will be selling their business "soon" and want to find a responsible owner for their wooden mascot, or he'll end up in the local dump. Prospective buyers will have to bring their own truck and a crane.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/08/2014]
He looks freshly painted to me. Al Capone's hideaway is around the corner.[Amber Larson, 10/20/2010]
After decades of weather and rot (he'd been carved for the 1976 Bicentennial), the 18-ft. tall seated Revolutionary War soldier was recently restored for optimal patriotic effect.
Rocking Chair Rifleman: on rt.25, about five miles north of St.Charles, sits a huge wooden colonial guy. He's about twenty feet tall, sitting in a rocking chair and holding a rifle on his lap (in case of muffler man attacks?). His face looks like he's freezing. He's outside a country-style furniture store,and has been there for almost twenty years.[Garry, 04/10/1999]
The Rocking Chair Rifleman is on rt.25, about five miles north of town. Note: There is a totem pole carved from a tree trunk next to him.[04/10/1999]