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Bluffton, Indiana: 1930s Concrete Bear and Tree

A lifelike concrete tree with a small bear on one of its limbs has stood outside a Bluffton gas station since 1936.

407 N. Main St., Bluffton, IN
North edge of town, on the northeast corner of N. Main St. and IN-124, in front of the gas station.
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Concrete bear.

1930s Concrete Bear and Tree

There's parking right next to the sculpture.

[Stephen Francia, 09/04/2021]

Concrete bear.

1930s Concrete Bear

The historic Bluffton Bear is outside a Marathon gas station. The gas station was originally built to resemble an airplane. It, unfortunately, is no longer around, but the concrete bear in a tree remains.

[Kitsa, 05/11/2021]

The bear and tree were sculpted by someone named Welker in 1936. It has been threatened with demolition several times, but the community has always rallied to save it.

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