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Mentor, Ohio: Judy's Jungle

A couple-dozen fiberglass dinosaurs and African animals next to the parking lot of a steel-heat-treating plant. They're the collection of owner Judy Matthews.

MT Heat Treat

8665 Station St., Mentor, OH
MT Heat Treat. From US-20/Mentor Ave. turn north at the stoplight onto Jackson St. Drive north to the stop sign. Turn left onto Station St. You'll quickly see blue water towers on the left; the animal statues will be across from them on the right.
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Judy's Jungle.

Judy's Jungle

This is a collection of fiberglass animals, ranging from dinosaurs to giraffes and elephants to penguins. It appears to be a collection by the owner of the adjacent heat treating plant.

There is an elephant out front, but most of the animals are at the back and side of the parking lot. They don't seem to mind people parking in the corner and looking around. Although this is in a light industrial area, I felt pretty safe. There is a nice residential neighborhood just down the street and the location is about a mile from the newer main commercial strip.

[Greg Mersol, 11/17/2020]

The statues belong to the company owner, Judy Matthews, who's been placing them next to the parking lot since the mid-1990s. They all have names such as "Heater" and "Celsius."

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