Updating Report #2

Welcome back!   Here’s today’s second installment covering two sections at my website.  Let’s start with the Giant Stuff  section which covers many topics:  Musical Instruments, Body Parts, Fake Castles, Fake Lighthouses, Fake Ship Buildings, Giant Guns, etc.

One of the most devastating bits of bad news — Bo Pilgrim is no more.  The 37-foot-tall, fiberglass head at Pilgrim’s Pride in Pittsburg, TX is now in storage.  The chicken plant moved its headquarters to Greeley, CO and Bo’s family now has the head.  More photos & info about my website here:


This castle-ish building in Portland, OR was built in the 1930s as a church.  It later became a bar and had been Club 21 since 1958.  It was demolished around 2017.


This cute faux castle building in Cocoa Beach, FL…

… had lost most of its castle details by 2011 and then by last year, it was repainted and looked like every other boxy building.

In Cocoa, FL, this Pullman train cars restaurant driving into a fake cave was gone by sometime last year:


This Shoe House in Elk Grove, CA disappeared within the past year or so:

These Giant Scissors in Woodland Hills, CA were attached to the Wella Corporation building.  The company and the scissors were gone by last year or so:


This cute little lighthouse building in Deerfield, MA was built as a gas station in the 1920s or 1930s.  It was demolished a couple of years ago.  Devastating.

Another real punch to the gut — the Grand Guitar in Bristol, TN was demolished earlier this year despite its listing on the National Register of Historic Places:

Let’s move on to some signs from the SCA Journal Companion section:

From the Car Signs page – this sign in Rockport, IN is gone now:


From the Donut Signs subsection — this former Jolly Pirate Donuts sign in Columbus, OH seems to be gone now.  It was removed in 2018 for construction work.  But it’s still not back this year.


From the Plumbing Signs page — this store in Murray, UT relocated last year and the sign was removed.  It doesn’t seem to be at the new place:


And, lastly, two signs from the Pest Control Signs page.  This place in Memphis, TN closed and this sign is gone:

The Western Exterminator location in Burlingame, CA closed and the Big Man and Mouse were removed.  The sign was painted over.  The business owner isn’t sure if they will reinstall the statues at the new place.  Luckily, there are a few other examples of these statues on public display:

That’s it for now.   I’ll be back in a week or two with more news.

Happy trails,

dj & the dogs


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