While those Waiting for the Interurban may be tired of holding out, there are a couple of others down the block who just might be glad that that street car has yet to come. These clowns are Late for the Interurban.
In 2008 another statue was erected just down the block from the Waiting for the Interurban statue. The J.P. Patches Statue, also dubbed “Late for the Interurban,” is a bronze statue by sculptor Kevin Pettelle that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the J.P. Patches Show and depicts the clown J.P. Patches (as played by Chris Wedes) and his girlfriend Gertrude (as played by Bob Newma) swinging arm in arm.
The J.P. Patches Show was a local live children’s TV program that ran for 23 years (from from 1958 to 1981) on KIRO-TV in Seattle. The mostly improved television show was much loved by locals.
Site: Late for the Interurban
Location: North 34th St. and Fremont Avenue North., Fremont, Seattle, Washington (down the block from Waiting for the Interurban
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: June 29, 2009