Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Statue of the Viking who Beat Columbus (Gone)

According to this statue, armor-wearing Icelandic warrior Thorfinn Karlsefni established the first colony in North America in AD 1003, nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived!

Thorfinn Karlsefni statue stands next to a parking lot on the southbound side of Kelly Drive, just north of Boathouse Row. Only accessible southbound.
Toppled by vandals in Oct. 2018.

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Statue of Viking Who Beat Columbus

Statue depicting Icelander Thorfinn Karlsefni who, after Leif Ericson's discovery of North America in the year 1003, established a settlement in North America which lasted 3 years until 1006 -- successfully beating out Columbus.

[Laurie Zambrano, 03/17/2015]

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