Popeye Statue in Chester, Illinois
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Popeye Statue in Chester, Illinois

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Popeye Statue, Segar Memorial Park, 10 Truck Bypass, Chester, IL 62233, Chester, IL

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I’m Popeye the Sailor Man,
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.
I’m strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.

In 1977 a memorial to the beloved cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man was erected in Chester, Illinois, birthplace of the comic’s creator Elzie C. Segar. The “Home of Popeye” still proudly displays this six-foot, 900 lb. bronze Popeye statue in Segar Memorial Park, overlooking the Mississippi River.

 

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Popeye statue in Chester, Illinois | Home of Popeye the Sailor Man

Popeye statue in Chester, Illinois | Home of Popeye the Sailor Man

Popeye statue in Chester, Illinois | Home of Popeye the Sailor Man

POPEYE
This Statue is erected in tribute to Elzie Crisler Segar
Born in Chester, Illinois – Dece. 8, 1894
Died in Santa Monica, California – Oct. 13, 1938
Mr. Segar created Popeye from his recollection of Frank “Rocky” Fiegel – Jan. 27, 1868 – Mar. 24, 1947 – Local scrapper. Popeye first appeared in the cast of “Thimble Theatre” Jan 17, 1929. William “Windy Bill” Schuchert – Mar. 8, 1857 – Feb. 20, 1941 – Chester Opera House Owner and Mr. Segar’s benefactor, appeared as “wimpy” the hamburger fiend.

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Popeye statue in Chester, Illinois | Home of Popeye the Sailor Man

Popeye statue in Chester, Illinois | Home of Popeye the Sailor Man

 

Site: Popeye Statue
Location: Segar Memorial Park, 10 Truck Bypass, Chester, IL 62233, Chester, IL
Cost: Free to see
Hours: Always Visible
Date: July 15, 2007

 

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