Moody, Alabama: Wagon Ho Pioneer Giant (In Transition)

Fiberglass pioneer sat on the wagon building signature element in Birmingham at the defunct Wagon Ho restaurant chain. He once held a whip and the reins for his horses. April 2018: Reported moved from yard in Moody, AL to Hayward, CA.
Had been in Moody on Acmar Rd., just north of the junction with Co Hwy 10, on the west side.
2018: Reported moved to California
In Transition

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Seated pioneer giant.

Wagon Ho Pioneer Giant

This is one of the rare sitting versions of the Pioneer Giants whose standing cousins are mostly found in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Back in the '60s he lived at the Eastwood Mall in Birmingham, AL. He was seated on the covered wagon at a Wagon Ho restaurant, a short-lived fast food chain in the mid-1960s. He held a whip in one hand and reins in the other. After Wagon Ho shut down the business became Kelly's Hamburgers and he continued at his post until Kelly's closed down. Sometime after that he was moved to the country outside Moody, where he currently sits at the abandoned Cherry Construction company lot. He is missing his left hand.

There was also a Wagon Ho in Bradenton/ Sarasota area in FL with another sitting version of Pioneer Giant, I believe.

[Joel Baker, 10/18/2011]

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