Takoma Park, Maryland: Roscoe the RoosterThe free-ranging mascot of Takoma Park ruled the roost/town for ten years until he was run over by an SUV. Now Roscoe lives forever as a life-size bronze on a nice median island. Sculpted by Normon Greene in 2000.
- Carroll St., Takoma Park, MD
- I-495 exit 31B. South on Georgia Ave./Hwy 97. Go under the railroad bridge and then a couple of blocks later turn left onto Blair Rd. Cross Piney Branch Rd and then turn left onto Carroll St. After a couple of blocks the statue will be on the right, in an island in the road in front of a clock.
Visitor Tips and News About Roscoe the Rooster
Roscoe the Rooster sits upon his perch and Sunday is the perfect time to enjoy him during the Farmer's Market. I can't say that this median is much of a park, but Farmer's Market is a weekly happening for us locals.[Randy Ash, 06/21/2010]
This took me a while to find, since the directions state it is in a park, but it's actually located in the middle of the road in front of a clock. This rooster doesn't really stand out, nor does the plaque below give much of a back story. The plaque reads:
"ROSCOE 1989-1999 This free-spirited rooster, who chose to live in our town, was fed and protected by Alan Daugharthy and Alma Keating, and brought joy into our urban lives."
The guy with the rooster hat was a local selling produce at the farmers market.[Nat Balsley, 02/25/2008]
His Memorial has been built on Carroll Avenue, near the spot where he was run down by an SUV. In April, the local newspaper, the Takoma Voice, printed a picture of Roscoe's statue surrounded by easter eggs (in tribute, perhaps to his feminine side?).
Roscoe also has been hailed as the "recovery rooster," because he overcame a serious bout of depression shortly before he was run over, and in the words of Takoma Voice Reporter, Myron Bretholz, "He was learning to live again, he was coming out of his shell." Prior to Roscoe's death, the rooster had had two run-ins with the Takoma Park police, which caused many to suspect he died as the result of foul play.[Liz Milner, 08/18/2000]
On your dead mascots page, I see no mention of Takoma Park, MD's celebrated "Roscoe, the Rooster." Takoma Parkers are raising money for a memorial to him and there is talk of changing Carroll Avenue's name to "Roscoe Road."[Liz Milner, 08/29/1999]