This Roadside Attraction
Trout Fisherman Statue, Golf Road, off of I-294, Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois
The fisherman and trout flank a sign that simply proclaims “trout fishing” and originally stood at Golf Road Trout Farm, a local attraction that opened in 1957. In 1997 the attraction closed, everything was bulldozed, and the ponds were filled in. The only thing left were these statues and sign.
For nearly twenty years this fish and fisherman remained, though they became more and more buried under unruly brush. And then, in 2015, they disappeared. Rumor has it they were sold to Mad Dan’s, a restaurant in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.
Site: Trout Fisherman Statue
Former Location: Golf Road, off of I-294, Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible
Date: November 25, 2007