Buckeye, Arizona: Hobo Joe Statue

25-foot-tall fiberglass statue of a fellow with no financial obligations. Wears a rope belt and exudes the dignified presence of the dispossessed. Restored and moved to current location in 2020.
111 S. 5th St., Buckeye, AZ
Downtown, just south of MC-85/Monroe Ave., on the west side of S. 5th St.
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Hobo Joe is again standing tall in the town of Buckeye. He has been repainted and refurbished.

[Veronica L Spencer, 03/13/2020]
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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.

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

[Gena F, 08/01/2016]
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Cute mini-Buckeye museum across the street from Hobo Joe. Friendly staff!

[Donna, 12/28/2013]

Smaller statues of Urbane Hobos, 1970s.

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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.

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