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Chester, Illinois: Statue of Popeye

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Segar Memorial Park

Address:
Hwy 51, Chester, IL
Directions:
On the east side of Bridge Bypass Rd (Hwy 51 in Missouri) just north of the Mississippi River bridge.
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Statue of Popeye.

Statue of Popeye

Statues of Popeye and his comic cohorts populate a town, honoring the local artist who modeled his cartoon characters on Chester residents.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [01/14/2013]
Chester, Illinois - Illinois Popeye Pummels The Competition
Popeye and Friends Statues:

For an 80-year-old cartoon character, Popeye has some sea legs. At least three towns promote his immortality with statues, but Chester, Illinois, clearly has wind in its sails.

[09/14/2009] Complete Story...

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Tribute in welcome center.

Statue of Popeye

The Welcome Center has a heated facility that is open even when nobody is manning the other half of the building. Take your 51 cents because there's also a penny press inside. Popeye is the only bronze statue in the collection. It was sunny and mid-day when we visited, making it difficult to get a good photo. Best photo opportunity would be a cloudy day. A great spot overlooking the Mississippi River, too!

[Deanna B, 03/26/2023]
Statue of Popeye

There are now 17 statues around town. A map is at the Chester Visitor Center next to Popeye. Restrooms in building as well and a nice view of the Mississippi River and bridge.

[Sumoflam, 10/05/2022]

Popeye statue.

Statue of Popeye

Great view of the river from the welcome center. They will provide a map where the other statues can be founds.

[Ray Of Hope, 06/01/2021]

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World's Largest Fountain Drink Cup, Cape Girardeau, MO - 45 mi.

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