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Princeton, Iowa: Rooster in a Top Hat

A cartoony rooster statue wearing a top hat had perched on the roof of a restaurant near the river. Was gone in June 2018, but had reappeared on a pole in town by 2021.

631 Lost Grove Rd, Princeton, IA
From US-67/Great River Rd turn west (no stoplight) onto Lost Grove Rd and drive a quarter-mile. You'll see the roster, perched on a pole, on the right.
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Rooster in a Top Hat

Reported as gone but it is still in Princeton. You must turn off of the highway and go west on Lost Grove Road. The rooster (Johnny) will be on your right, just past the elementary school.

[K, 10/09/2023]

The rooster had disappeared in 2018. He didn't get far: about a half-mile from his old perch.

Rooster in a Top Hat

The Rooster in a Top Hat has been removed.

[Brooke Chestnut, 06/27/2018]

Rooster in a Top Hat.

Rooster in a Top Hat

A large chicken stands on top of building on Hwy 67 in Le Claire. It appears to be advertising a restaurant named "Bridges."

[Jack Steck, 03/14/2015]

The Rooster in a Top Hat is actually just up the road from Le Claire in the town of Princeton.

Rooster statue.

Rooster in a Top Hat

The fine feathered friend wears a top hat to advertise Bridges Restaurant in Princeton, Iowa, an old river town along the Mississippi. He sits on the top of the roof to avoid any possible floods. Not sure if the restaurant is still open.

[Jim Hejl, 08/08/2011]

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