Hayward, California: Wagon Ho Pioneer Giant

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Address:
2020 National Ave., Hayward, CA
Directions:
In an industrial park. I-880/Nimitz Fwy exit 28. Drive west on Winton Ave. for one mile. At the stoplight, turn left onto Clawiter Rd, then make first right onto National Ave. Drive a quarter-mile. You'll see a blue building on the left.
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Wagon Ho Pioneer Giant
Fiberglass pioneer sat on the wagon building signature element in Birmingham, Alabama at the defunct Wagon Ho restaurant chain. In April 2018, he ventured west from Moody, AL to Hayward, CA. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [08/24/2018]

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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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Kip's Burger BoyKip's Burger Boy, Hayward, CA - < 1 mi.
Big Mike the Muffler ManBig Mike the Muffler Man, Hayward, CA - < 1 mi.
Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan No. 2Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan No. 2, Hayward, CA - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Half Moon Bay Jail Museum, Half Moon Bay, CA - 21 mi.

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