Batavia, Illinois: Self-Made Man

Bronze statue of nude man chipping himself out of a block of stone with a hammer and chisel. Identical copies of this statue are in St. Louis and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Address:
N. River St., Batavia, IL
Directions:
On N. River St., one block north of E Wilson St., at the intersection of N. River and State St. Just east of the Fox River.
Admission:
Free
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Self-Made Man

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Self-Made Man.

Self-Made Man

Bronze statue by sculptor Bobbie Carlyle of a muscular dude chipping himself out of a block of stone with a hammer and chisel. In 2011 the "self-made man" was knocked over and needed some government assistance to get back on his non-existing feet. The statue is now firmly attached to a block of granite.

[John Takao Collier, 08/12/2015]

Self-Made Man has been a fixture in Batavia since 1996. Its 2011 toppling occurred when three idiots tried to climb it to take a picture. Their attorney tried to blame the statue's foundation, but they ended up paying for its repair.


Nearby Offbeat Places

City of WindmillsCity of Windmills, Batavia, IL - < 1 mi.
Man With A Fish HeadMan With A Fish Head, Batavia, IL - < 1 mi.
Mary Todd Lincoln's Sanitarium BedMary Todd Lincoln's Sanitarium Bed, Batavia, IL - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Young Lincoln Landed Here, Lockport, IL - 22 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Illinois Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

International Spy Museum, Washington, DC (Oct 11-17, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now