Stilwell, Kansas: Highway Bear

Built in the 1960s by Weldon Epperson, generations of travelers have waved and honked at this waving bruin. "Highway Bear" was restored in 2019.

18994 Lowell, Stilwell, KS
Northbound US-69 at milepost 133, on the east side of the road, just south of the 179th St. exit. Private property. Drive-by on US-69
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Highway Bear

The bear is newly restored, April 2019.

[Seth Golay, 04/25/2019]

Highway Bear.

Highway Bear

Highway Bear has been visible along Highway 69 for years. The property owner keeps it mowed and manicured, with a path for selfies. They decorate for different seasons -- 4th of July, and so on -- or as a team member of the Chiefs or the Royals. A seamstress makes his clothes.

He is about to get patched up and a fresh air brush coat from an artist. Highway Bear has his own Facebook page.

[Highway Bear, 01/17/2016]

He's a peaceful bear. What we first assumed were sticks of dynamite taped to Highway Bear's paw are probably meant to be festive Independence Day firecrackers.

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