Hillsboro, Oregon: A&W Root Beer Family

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

SE 10h Ave., Hillsboro, OR
On the west side of SE 10th Ave. between Maple and Cedar Sts.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

A&W Root Beer Family.

A&W Root Beer Family
A happy 1960s vintage outdoor statue display. Dad, Mom, Teen, and Baby Burger all hold aloft giant burgers and root beer mugs. Restored and given a place of honor by the town in 1993. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [04/25/2017]

Visitor Tips and News About A&W Root Beer Family

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Teen Burger.

A&W Burger Family

Regarding the history of the A&W Root Beer/Burger family that so cheerfully stand by the Hillsboro Aquatic Center by Shute Park: Teen Burger was stolen, as noted by others, but the original was never recovered for use. The city managed to locate a twin Teen Burger in Longview, WA and had him shipped to Hillsboro to complete the family. The original A&W restaurant was the drive-up and order from your car type and is now Thomas Auto Sales, a used car dealership near 13th and TV Hwy.

[Amy B., 11/25/2011]

Dad and Son Root Beer.

A&W Root Beer Family

The A&W Root Beer Family originally came from the A&W Restaurant in Forest Grove, on the corner of Pacific Highway and Tualatin Valley Highway. My family lived in Forest Grove from 1959 until now, and when I was a little girl in the early '60s my family used to go there to get root beer floats! Then they closed the restaurant (I believe in the early 70's) and they moved the A&W Root Beer Family first to Schutes Park in Hillsboro, and then in front of some kind of fast food place in Hillsboro.

By then I had gotten married and moved away. I do remember that one of the family members had been stolen and I never did find out if they recovered it or not.

[Pam T., 01/08/2010]

This particular A&W family smiles bravely, but they have been cruelly positioned to stare directly at a pair of Golden Arches of a McDonald's across the street!

A & W Root Beer Family.

A&W Family

The A&W Family is located on the grounds of the Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center at the corner of SE 10th Ave. and SE Maple St. in Hillsboro.

[Joe Boulter, 10/01/2006]
A&W Family in Hillsboro

Some more info on the A&W Family in Hillsboro, Oregon. I grew up in Hillsboro and can tell you this: The family originally sat in front of the old A&W in Hillsboro. The teenaged son was stolen by High School kids in the 70's and was thrown into Hagg Lake in Forest Grove (how do I know this? I dated the son of one of the guys who stole him -- or at least that's what he claimed). Anyhow, the family was sold to Papa Aldo's Pizza (a take and bake place) and the giant burgers they were holding were painted to resemble big, fat, pizzas. I think this happened some time in the mid or late '80s. Then they were moved across the street and became a pop-art display. Recently, Hagg Lake was dredged to clean it up, and then mysteriously the teenaged boy was reunited with his family and is now on display. I have no idea if it's the original statue and was found in the lake or if another one was located somewhere else.

[Melanie, 03/08/2002]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Large Homemade Dog StatueLarge Homemade Dog Statue, Beaverton, OR - 4 mi.
Harvey The Giant RabbitHarvey The Giant Rabbit, Aloha, OR - 4 mi.
World's Tallest Barber Shop PoleWorld's Tallest Barber Shop Pole, Forest Grove, OR - 7 mi.
In the region:
Statue of the Hilarious Bulldog, Portland, OR - 14 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

November 19, 2017

My Sights

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Oregon Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Devils Tower, Devils Tower, Wyoming (Nov 13-19, 2017)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

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

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Book Online Now