Aberdeen, Washington: Charlie Choker, Big Mascot

Burly, shirtless Charlie stands 20 feet tall, and was carved from a single, fat cedar log in 1975. His name is not meant to imply strangulation.
Address:
Edward P. Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA
Directions:
At the entrance to Grays Harbor College, on the corner of Edward P. Smith Drive and Hwy 105/S. Boone St.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Charlie Choker. Charlie Choker

A chainsaw carving of Charlie Choker, the Grays Harbor College mascot. Charlie stands at the entrance to the college.

[Joe Boulter, 08/19/2012]

Charlie stands 20 feet tall, and was carved from a single, fat cedar log in 1975. The oddly-named mascot is not into strangulation, nor does he mock his teams' performance under pressure. A "choker" is a specialist he-man lumberjack who wraps steel cables around logs so that they can be dragged out of the forest.

Charlie Choker - Chainsawed, not a Muffler Man

The report of a "muffler man" in Aberdeen, WA, is erroneous. "Charlie Choker" looks a lot like a muffler man but he's a wooden statue (the mascot of Grays Harbor Community College) which was carved from cedar using a chainsaw. I believe the original Charlie Choker statue was installed in the 1950s or early 60s (and I suppose could have been inspired by a muffler man, but was also a wood carving); he was replaced in the '70s by the current version. I grew up in Aberdeen and attended GHCC in the 70s, that's how I know the history.

[Steve Wyrick, 09/07/1998]

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