Trout Fisherman Statue in Des Plaines, Illinois
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Trout Fisherman Statue in Des Plaines, Illinois

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Trout Fisherman Statue, Golf Road, off of I-294, Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois

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This trout fish and trout fisherman statue were found tucked away behind a fence and some overgrown greenery on the side of the road in Des Plaines, Illinois. Driving down Golf Road, they’d be easy to miss.

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.

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Hidden Trout Fisherman Statue, a roadside attraction in Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois

Hidden Trout Fisherman Statue, a roadside attraction in Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois

Hidden Trout Fisherman Statue, a roadside attraction in Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois

Hidden Trout Fisherman Statue, a roadside attraction in Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois

 

REPORTED GONE
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

 

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Hidden Trout Fisherman Statue, a roadside attraction in Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois
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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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