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Donkey and miner.

Big Miner and Burro

Field review by the editors.

Albany, Oregon

Local businessman Steve Fletcher, who ran a spray foam business and lived in a spray foam volcano house, built a big miner and burro for a local auto dealership. Out of -- you guessed it -- spray foam. We've observed that spray foam is ideal for quick, bulbous constructions, but when its painted facade is breached by damage or weather a brownish canker sore appears, and it only gets worse with age.

The lumpy miner and burro still fared pretty well (when we stopped by in 2011), atop a pole in the parking lot, safely out of the way of vandals and confused drivers. The miner has a huge holstered sidearm, and for some reason wears a sheriff's star. The braying burro carries a miner's pan and a giant corked jug marked with an X.

Albany was settled by farmers, not gold miners, so perhaps the statue is meant to show a 49-er returning north from the gold fields of California, battered, probably broke, but happy to be home.

Big Miner and Burro

South Pacific Auto Sales

5040 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, OR
South Pacific Auto Sales. South of town on Hwy 99 for 2.5 miles. On right, on the lot of a car dealership.
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