Glendale, Ohio: Black Squirrel Town

Since the 1940s, Glendale has had a population of black squirrels. It paints fire trucks black, features fiberglass squirrel statues, and there's a dead stuffed black squirrel official greeter at the Village Office.

1140 Congress Ave., Glendale, OH
Suburb of Cincinnati, Congress Ave and Sharon Rd.
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Firefighter black squirrel.

Black Squirrel Town

Cute and fun! Here's the firefighter black squirrel.

[Nora, 11/23/2021]

Blue highway black squirrel.

Black Squirrel Statues

There are four squirrels in the Village Square: Hawaiian Squirrel, a baker, a Faberge squirrel, and one we called Nature Squirrel. Head up Sharon Ave., turn right onto the road right before the railroad tracks, follow the road around and you will see the squirrels on your right.

[Susan, 03/21/2018]

Squirrel skeleton.

Black Squirrel Town

We got a good kick out of this squirrel statue on display in front of a chiropractor office.

[Rochelle Riordan, 10/11/2017]

It would be a suitable companion for an x-ray clinic, too.

Firefighter Black Squirrel.

Firefighter Black Squirrel

This firefighter black squirrel is located at 80 E Sharon Rd, next to the flagpole outside Glendale Fire Department Station #45.

[The Void, 10/04/2017]

The squirrel is not black from a sooty fire, but because Glendale is known for its population of black-furred squirrels.

Squirrel statue.

Black Squirrels

The Village of Glendale, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati) also has black squirrels, and in honor of them, even the fire trucks are painted black.

[Jason A. Powell, 07/25/2011]

Glendale's Black Squirrel Origin Story traces them back to the 1940s when a Glendale businessman brought four from Harbor Springs, MI and let them go in town. One was shot dead within weeks, but the survivors went forth and multiplied. The hide of the shot squirrel may still hang in the village's Meritage Restaurant. A recent community art project featured decorated squirrel statues. An "official greeter" dead squirrel can be seen in the Glendale Village Office.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Large Cougar StatueLarge Cougar Statue, Cincinnati, OH - 5 mi.
Trammel Fossil ParkTrammel Fossil Park, Sharonville, OH - 4 mi.
Giant Indian SignGiant Indian Sign, Cincinnati, OH - 5 mi.
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12-Foot-Tall Pinocchio, Cincinnati, OH - 11 mi.

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