Buckeye, Arizona: Hobo Joe Statue (In Transition)

25-foot-tall fiberglass statue of a fellow with no financial obligations. Sports adorable rope belt and exudes dignified presence of the dispossessed. Currently in the repair shop; should return in June 2019.

Buckeye Meats Co.

1045 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye, AZ
Stands outside Buckeye Meats Co. East edge of town, on the south side of E. Monroe Ave. where it intersects S. Apache Rd, and just south of the police station on Hwy 85.
Scheduled to return in June 2019.
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Hobo Joe

Fret not, dear friends, Joe has finished his stint in rehab and will be standing tall once again in downtown Buckeye within the next month, once his new home has been completed.

[Richard Hopkins, 05/09/2019]

Joe's dignified presence, 25 feet high, has been missing from Buckeye since 2016.

Hobo Joe Statue

As of 7/30/16, Hobo Joe is no longer on his concrete platform.

[Gena F, 08/01/2016]
Hobo Joe Statue

Cute mini-Buckeye museum across the street from Hobo Joe. Friendly staff!

[Donna, 12/28/2013]

Smaller statues of Urbane Hobos, 1970s.

Hobo Joe Statue

Your attribution of the sculptor of Hobo Joe is incorrect. I believe that guy [Marvin Ransdell] merely owned a cast of the statue, or the molds from which they were made. The statue was sculpted in clay by my father, Jim Casey, in Culver City, California, around 1967. Molds were taken from it and he made casts of it in fiberglass in Scottsdale, Arizona, after which it was painted by his girlfriend, Elaine Polley. I believe only two or three of these 27-foot-tall versions were ever erected. The character is an urbane hobo: he wears a phi beta kapa key, and there's a Wall Street Journal in his pocket. He was originally holding a cigar on a toothpick, but it's missing now. I've attached a 1971 photo of Dad, Elaine, and a friend with numerous casts of the 5-foot-tall version of the statue and his dog, which stood outside each Hobo Joe restaurant. These were produced at my father's studio in Venice, California.

[Kevin Casey, 06/29/2012]

Thanks for setting the record straight, Kevin, and for sharing that surreal photo.

Hobo Joe.

Hobo Joe

Because of the story I saw on this website, I decided to drive the 40 minutes to see Hobo Joe. Well, I'm here to report that he is still proudly standing and looks in very good shape. It's in the quaint town of Buckeye, AZ approx. 50 minutes west of downtown Phoenix. It's worth the drive to visit a bygone era.

[PhotogJerry, 06/21/2010]

Built in the 1980s, the 25-foot-tall vagabond was meant to stand in front of a Hobo Joe's coffee shop. But the chain went belly-up and the owner, Marvin Ransdell, died. The statue was erected here in 1989 by a friend of Ransdell, who owns the slaughterhouse behind it.

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