Skip to Main Content



Field review by the editors.

Pendleton, Oregon

What's the story behind the Frankentank? Beats us. It lies on the ground next to a set of railroad tracks, some kind of boiler, possibly from an old steam locomotive or business basement. A local artist -- or perhaps a student artist collective -- has turned the tank into a supine Frankenstein's monster, floating on blue waves, dressed in what appears to be a harlequin suit. From out of a painted hole in the monster's chest, which is apparently filled with water, another, smaller Frankenstein's monster is emerging. Both wear big grins, so the transmutation evidently isn't painful.

If we spotted this creation right before lunch, we might think we were having a low blood sugar moment.

May 2017: Artist Johab Silva let us know he's the creator of Frankentank. "Did this graffiti in 2008, my first year here in the U.S. I Lived in Pendleton for 3 months only, then moved to the East coast."


SW Frazer Ave., Pendleton, OR
On the north side of SW Frazer Ave. at 10th St., across from the Three R's School.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Underground TourUnderground Tour, Pendleton, OR - < 1 mi.
Cattle DriveCattle Drive, Pendleton, OR - < 1 mi.
Star Spangled Banner MachineStar Spangled Banner Machine, Pendleton, OR - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Banged-Up 9/11 Memorial, Kennewick, WA - 40 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Oregon

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

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use'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

Oregon Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park, Colorado (Apr 15-21, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights