Wenatchee, Washington: Eye-Rolling and Winking Indian Billboard (Gone)

A large, two-sided Indian brave boy sign rolls his squeaking eyes as you drive by.

Hours:
June 2022: Removed.
Status:
Gone

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Eye-Rolling and Winking Indian Billboard

A newspaper article reports that this sign has been taken down, disassembled, and placed in storage. The owner is quoted as saying, "The Skookum sign was part of Wenatchee's past that was enjoyed by many but also viewed by others with concern."

[Jeff B, 06/26/2022]

The billboard had stood in several spots in Wenatchee since it was built in 1921. It was taken down on June 19, 2022.

Eye-Rolling and Winking Indian Billboard

Eyes are no longer moving! Maybe somebody needs to go up there with some WD40!

[Steve B, 05/31/2022]
Skookum Indian Sign - Eyes Wink

Large (est 30 ft.), very colorful painted metal sign of an Indian Brave. The sign used to mark the location of the SKOOKUM Apple Warehouse and Packing Plant in Wenatchee. When the warehouse was torn down the sign was saved and now adorns a Staples store in Wenatchee. Not sure when the sign was created but I remember it from my youth so it is over 50 years old. The sign has mechanical eyes that wink.

[Tom Holliday, 07/29/2007]

The eyes squeak as they continuously shift from side to side; easily heard from the parking lot.

Large animated Indian sign.

Skookum Indian Billboard

Considered controversial by some, this "animated" billboard features a caricature of a Native American with eyes that rove and occasionally wink. In the past, the unusual sign served as the logo for a local apple packing warehouse. When the warehouse closed, Skookum, who was not ready for the p.c. age, was stored away as a debate raged whether to put him back up or not. The local icon now sits atop an Office Depot building on Wenatchee Avenue. My children have enjoyed watching to see if they can catching him blinking his eye. When not blinking, Skookum's eyes roam from side to side.

[Dave Williams, 05/29/2006]

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