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J.C. Penney Statue.

J.C. Penney Statue

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Kemmerer, Wyoming

Covid-19 and changing tastes in retail were bad news for J.C. Penney the retail chain -- but good news for Kemmerer, hometown of James Cash Penney. When the company's headquarters closed in Plano, Texas -- and then announced that it would not reopen -- it had nowhere to put its now-expendable nine-foot-tall bronze statue of the dapper company founder. So it was shipped 1,200 miles to the town where Penney opened his first store in 1902.

Bronze Penney, wearing a double-breasted suit and bow tie, was unveiled on August 28, 2021. He stands in a little park, facing "The Mother Store" (the oldest surviving J.C. Penney) and only a few feet from the tiny house where he lived, which is now a museum. Three of Penney's grandchildren attended the dedication.

Penney, who lived to be 95, died in 1971.

J.C. Penney Statue

Triangle Park

800 Pine Ave., Kemmerer, WY
Triangle Park. Downtown, on the southeast corner of US-189/Pine Ave. and J.C. Penney Drive.
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