Chester, Illinois - Home of Popeye
 

Popeye Character Trail

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The “Popeye & Friends Character Trail” is a trail in progress consisting of granite statues of Popeye characters placed in various areas throughout Chester. Popeye the Sailor Man has been overlooking the Mississippi River in Segar Park for more than 30 years. This trail will be an adventure for those seeking out all the characters from “Popeye the Sailorman” films. Below is a picture of the characters and a map where all the characters will be placed.

 

 

 

In the Fall of 2006 “Wimpy” was erected at the Chester Gazebo Square with overwhelming donations which are engraved on the base of the statue.

Donations started pouring in for the next statue “Olive Oyle, Swee’ Pea and Jeep” and was unveiled during the Popeye Picnic festivities in 2007 and stands downtown near the Randolph County Courthouse - once again with donations engraved on the base.

 

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During the 29th Annual Popeye Picnic festivities Bluto (a.k.a Brutus) was erected at the corner of Swanwick Street and W. Holmes Street near the Buena Vista Bank parking lot area.

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For the 30th Annual Popeye Picnic Festival Castor Oyl and Whiffle Hen were erected at Chester Memorial Hospital after the parade.

Plans are continuing for several more characters in the coming years. Last year’s statue was erected near Wal-Mart and McDonalds on State Street. “Bernard and the Sea Hag” was unveiled during the 31st annual picnic festivities.

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