Statue of Wimpy.

Statue of Wimpy

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Chester, Illinois

A granite statue of pudgy, hamburger-loving J. Wellington Wimpy, from the Popeye comic strip, was erected in Chester in 2006. It was the first of the town's ambitious, decades-long project to honor hometown hero Elzie Crisler Segar, Popeye's creator, with statues of his Sunday Funnies family scattered along a "character trail" in town.

Wimpy was based on a Chester resident and former boss of Segar, William "Windy Bill" Schuchert. The statue's location is significant, as it stands in small park that used to be the tavern where Bill would go to get his frequent hamburgers.

Statue of Wimpy

Address:
1001 State St., Chester, IL
Directions:
Downtown, in Gazebo Park. On the west side of State St./Hwy 150 at its intersection with Opdyke St./Hwy 3.
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