Russellville stadium.

Extruded Heads of 1930s Sports Stars

Field review by the editors.

Russellville, Kentucky

Russellville High School is football-crazy now, and it was football-crazy on November 23, 1939, when it played its first game in its snazzy new stadium. The elegant art deco entrance cost a lot of money, but Russellville was lucky: home-towner Tom Rhea was also a Kentucky political kingpin, and his three sons were all on the Russellville team. Rhea pulled strings, and the government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) built Russellville's new stadium.

Russellville stadium.

Flanking the entrance are six heads, jutting over the sidewalk. Sculpted by an unknown artist, chosen by an unknown criteria, the heads are of six sports superstars circa 1939: Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb (baseball), Jim Thorpe and Paavo Nurmi (track and field), Red Grange (football), and Jack Dempsey (boxing). Nurmi and Thorpe are identified only by their last names, while Dempsey's name is displaced in favor of his nickname, "Manassa Mauler." In a show of true sportsmanship, none of the six is from Kentucky.

Russellville High School still plays its games in its 1939 stadium. The heads were patched in 2002, and the stadium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 -- and as long as Russellville loves football, its sports superstar heads will be looked after.

Red Grange head.

Extruded Heads of 1930s Sports Stars

Rhea Stadium

E. 9th St, Russellville, KY
At the entrance to Russellville Stadium. South side of town. On the north side of E. 9th St. Just east of S. Summer St.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Lightning Portrait of Startled Lady BatherLightning Portrait of Startled Lady Bather, Russellville, KY - < 1 mi.
Fork in the RoadFork in the Road, Franklin, KY - 20 mi.
Jefferson Davis MonumentJefferson Davis Monument, Fairview, KY - 23 mi.
In the region:
Herd of Buffalo Statues, Nashville, TN - 46 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Kentucky

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

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.

September 21, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Kentucky Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Hat n' Boots, Seattle, Washington (Sep 21-27, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Russellville, Kentucky

Nightly rates found:

Book Now


Favorite Quirky City Sights