The Leather Guy.

The Leather Guy

Field review by the editors.

Vail Mills, New York

It was a sad day in 2006 when The Leather Guy came down. He was a roadside original, sculpted in 1971 with black-rimmed glasses, wide goatee, and sideburns, an exact replica of Steve Alvord, the groovy owner of a leather shop where he stood.

But The Leather Guy was too good to just vanish into leather limbo when Alvord's business shut down. A neighbor, Marty Greco, bought him, gave him plastic (well, fiberglass) surgery, and turned the fringed giant into a hipster Daniel Boone!

Marty wanted a big Boone to advertise his business selling log homes. "Then the housing market took a crash and I struggled," Marty told us. Leather Guy lay prone for four years. Marty got a second job selling potato chips and then, finally, saved enough cash. "The day we put him back up, I had a call within two hours on a log home," Marty said.

The statue is 24 feet tall and weighs 975 pounds -- or maybe less now that Marty has removed its moustache, sideburns, and glasses. "I had to cut 'em off with a saw," Marty said of the muttonchops. "And all those little ripples in the moustache? That was a blue putty. I had to grind that down."

What happened to those awesome black spectacles? The guy who helped Marty erect the statue (and who Marty said was the son of the man who erected the original statue) mounted them on the hood of his truck. But Marty got the glasses back and permanently wired them to one of Boone's hands. "It's an inside joke," Marty said, "for the people who saw him before."

The Leather Guy

Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum

Address:
3747 NY-30, Vail Mills, NY
Directions:
Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum. On the northbound side of Hwy 30 a quarter-mile south of its intersection with Hwy 29.
Phone:
518-762-7925
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Mountain Man StatueMountain Man Statue, Gloversville, NY - < 1 mi.
Car on a SmokestackCar on a Smokestack, Amsterdam, NY - 7 mi.
Kirk Douglas Rock and ParkKirk Douglas Rock and Park, Amsterdam, NY - 7 mi.
In the region:
Uncle Sam's Chamber Pot, Troy, NY - 34 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in New York

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in New York.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

New York Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, Foyil, Oklahoma (May 10-16, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now

 

Favorite Quirky City Sights