Champaign, Illinois: Giant Copper Indian

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Curtis Orchard

Address:
3902 S. Duncan Rd, Champaign, IL
Directions:
Curtis Orchard. Southwest of the city. I-57 exit 232. Drive east on Curtis Rd for a half-mile. Turn right at the stoplight onto S. Duncan Rd. Drive south a half-mile. You'll see the entrance on the left. The statue is not visible from the road, but once you enter the orchard anyone can direct you to it.
Hours:
Open daily July-Dec., or call for appt. Gated off-hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
217-359-5565
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Giant Copper Indian

Built by Herb Drews in 1949. The 17-foot-tall statue stood for years outside Herb's heating business in Danville. It's been in Champaign since 1995.

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Tin Man storage silo.

Giant Copper Indian

In addition to the big Indian statue, the whole place has a Wizard of Oz theme.

[Stephen Francia, 12/28/2019]

Welden the Metal Man.

Giant Copper Indian

The copper Indian stands behind the fence north of the main store. There is also a new sculpture -- added in 2014 -- the 8-foot-tall "Welden the Metal Man." Made from stainless steel by the great-grandson of the Indian's sculptor, Welden stands in front of the cafe.

[Don Eby, 09/01/2015]
Giant Indian

The Indian is behind the restaurant in an Oz-themed orchard (the Flying Monkey Cafe). He's easy to miss, so be sure to inquire. Frankly it's worth a stop for the orchard, especially if you're traveling with children. It has a nice play area, petting zoo and mini golf. In the fall, it looks like they have hayrides and apple picking too.

[J Nichols, 08/12/2011]
Giant Indian

The giant Indian in Champaign is a remarkable work done by none other than my grandfather, Herb Drews, and his father. They had a workshop where they worked with metals and hand crafted the indian -- and the tin man -- together. I have many memories of seeing that Indian while growing up, and also the tin man, but it was always disassembled. I would love to find the tin man now.

[Rebecca D., 06/28/2009]

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