The Big Indian at the corner of Blue Star Highway (Route #1) and South Freeport Road achieved landmark status sometime before my arrival. People refer to it when giving directions. Landmark status is achieved when the feature appears on highway signs.
The statue is built of plywood, fiberglass, and steel rod and is either 25, 40, 48, or 50 feet tall depending on which website you favor.
You would think all the locals would know the origin and history of something as impressive as the Big Indian. Not so. Few I asked could tell me anything. It took a bit of sleuthing, but I got the story.
Rod Shutt of Strasburg, Pa. built the statue in 1969 and shipped it via flatbed truck, causing traffic jams along the way as traffic slowed to stare. Finally The Big Indian arrived at its permanent site to in front of the Casco Bay Trading Post. Several businesses have come and gone at that location, the latest being a restaurant, The Conundrum Wine Bistro.
May you look as good as the Big Indian at his age especially after being left out in 44 Maine winters.
OK, OK, so it is a slow news day. I’ve been away and The Big Indian seemed a good warm up before the blog gets back into the big time. Tel me, weren’t the pix alone worth sharing.
On a separate note, Maine has seen the back of me for the last time until next summer. I’ve been aching to get back on the road, reconnecting with my sprit guides, Serendipity and Spontaneity, as well as my virtual passengers. And perhaps most of all the unmet friends waiting for me along the way.