Hampton, Minnesota: Vikings, Beach Dude, Gorilla,An impressive array of big statues are assembled on the spacious grounds of a trucking business.
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I want to thank those of you who posted about the Beach Dude and Vikings earlier...for my sister's 50th we took a day trip/road trip and added this to our destinations. I would not have known about it had it been for the tips here.[Mary Mueller, 09/28/2009]
This Viking was recently moved from behind the owner's(?) house to join the Beach Dude, gorilla and other Viking.[Jack Steck, 03/28/2009]
The Beach Dude, grasping a rope in his left hand, is holding up the front of an old dump truck. Right hand on hip, wearing a snazzy pair of late '50s/early '60s yellow swim trunks.
Now part of a landscaped display in front of the trucking business that includes a few old trucks, a gorilla and a 10 ft. tall Viking.[Don Maki, 01/01/2008]
The man refernced in your web site in Empire I believe now is standing in front of Eileen & Sons Trucking Co. in Hampton, MN (just a few miles from Empire). He definitely looks like a beach dude to me and not a muffler man! Someone else beat me to the beer he must have been holding as it is gone now.[Eric W. Johnson, 06/10/2002]
It was only viewed from a distance since it appears to be on private land. He appears to be beige (nude?) with brown hair and is laying on his back on what looks like a green trailer. He is parked next to a farm house which can be seen from U.S. Hwy 52 which runs between Minneapolis and Rochester. Look to the west side of Hwy 52 between 210th Street E and 200th Street E. He is about 1/2 mile north of 210th St. E. He is hard to spot because he is laying down and there are a few hundred yards of cropland between him and the highway. He is about 7 1/2 miles south of the intersection of U.S. 52 and state Hwy 55. As far as I can tell - this puts him in Empire, MN. The trailer and apparent partial nudity are puzzling. I could be wrong, but I sense a traveling bible exhibit here.[Rob Kern, 05/04/2000]