Cincinnati, Ohio: Giant Indian Sign

Local landmark Chief Pontiac -- the "Big Indian Sign at Paddock and Vine" -- is a 42 ft. tall metal cutout whose arm was once motorized to wave "How!" to travelers.

Motor Time Auto Sales

7505 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH
Outside Motor Time Auto Sales. I-75 exit 9. Follow Hwy 4 west a half-mile. On the left side.
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Giant Indian Sign

I was already in Cincinnati, so I added this to my list of things to do. The sign is still there and in remarkably good shape.

[Bordeauxbarb, 03/20/2019]

When the Big Indian sign was first installed in 1954 to help sell cars, it bristled with neon and light bulbs, and the arm was motorized to wave. The eyes even blinked. Today only the metal sign remains, still beloved, though there has been occasional recent pressure to remove it as offensive to Native Americans.

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Giant Indian Sign

The giant Indian sign on Vine St. looks great! Painted metal just seems more classy than fiberglass.

[Freyja, Rick, and John, 09/12/2010]

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Giant Indian Sign

This is a car lot in Cincinnati, Oh. The Giant Indian has been there since the 1950s or '60s. The place used to be called Cherokee Motors, and the catch line on their TV commercials was "Cherokee Motors.........where Paddock meets Vine at the big Indian sign."

It used to have lights but they're gone. It appears that it has been repainted in 2007.

[Nate Mullanney, 02/15/2008]

The large metal cutout Indian has a motorized arm that would wave to travelers. Jan. 2014: Photo added.

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