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Charleston, Oregon: Charlie the Tuna Statue

Everyone's favorite pre-packed tuna spokesfish, adopted as a town mascot and rendered in wood. Destroyed in 2008, replaced in 2009.

Cape Arago Highway, Charleston, OR
West of US Hwy 101 on coast at Coos Bay, along Cape Arago Highway.
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Charlie the Tuna statue.

Charlie the Tuna Statues

There are actually two Charlie the Tuna statues -- one at the Charleston Visitor Center, and one on the north west end of the bridge.

[Buddy Wallat, 02/12/2022]

Charlie tuna.

Charlie the Tuna Statue

Unfortunately, the original Charlie Tuna statue was abducted by local teens, who turned him into a bonfire. There was a formal mourning parade for the beloved mascot, and a public service for his recovered remains. The community of Charleston banded together and commissioned a replacement Charlie Tuna, which has been erected in its place.

An upgraded feature is that one of his fins are suspended with a spring, so if the wind is blowing he will be waving as you drive by.

[Trucker Mamma, 09/02/2011]

Charlie the Tuna.

Charlie the Tuna

The Charlie the Tuna statue is standing proudly in front of the Charleston Visitor Center.

[Steve, 09/02/2010]

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