Can You Guess Your State Based on This One Famous Statue?
Lions and tigers and big blue bears, oh my!
Whether you’re an urbanite or a country dweller, it’s likely that you’ve been around your fair share of statues and memorials. In every state, certain historical monuments have captured the hearts (and the Instagram feeds) of millions who travel miles just to see them. Think you’ve seen a lot of notable statues? Well, it’s time test your knowledge and find out if you can recognize the most iconic statue from each state.
In which state can you find this historical statue?
Hint: On your way to this statue, you might have a close encounter of the third kind.
Located in Alcade, New Mexico, the statue of Juan de Oñate y Salazar, a Spanish conquistador and the colonial governor of Santa Fe de Nuevo México in the 16th century, has been the subject of much scrutiny. Oñate killed hundreds of Acoma Pueblo Native Americans in the 1599 Acoma Massacre. Of the survivors, he mandated that all men over the age of 25 have one foot cut off. In 1998, protesters even removed the foot on the statue.
Where would you find this underwater treasure?
Hint: The Beach Boys might’ve seen this figure on their way to Kokomo.
Since 1965, the underwater statue called the “Christ of the Abyss” has been a popular tourist destination in Key Largo, the northernmost part of the Florida Keys.
In which state is this smiling statue?
Hint: Don’t have a cow when you see this statue of The Fonz (Henry Winkler).
In an ode to the setting of the famous show Happy Days, the Bronze Fonz, a statue of one of the show’s most beloved characters, was erected in Milwaukee in 2008.
Which state does this big blue bear call home?
Hint: While you’ll find black bears in this state, it’s unlikely that you’ll find any blue ones… besides this big guy, of course.
This 40-foot blue bear, erected in 2005, appears to be peering playfully into the Denver Convention Center.
In which state might you find this noble lion?
Hint: Be careful when visiting this sculpture—the city it’s in tends to get a bit windy.
For more than 100 years, a pair of regal lions have served as the city of Chicago’s unofficial mascots, closely guarding the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago.
In which state can you find this sandy statue?
Hint: Don’t get crabby during your tour of this giant sculpture!
“The Awakening” is a 72-foot aluminum statue of a giant attempting to free himself from the sand.
In which state could you find Elvis Presley singing the blues?
Hint: You can also pay a visit to Elvis’s mansion on your trip to this state.
Erected on Beale Street in Memphis, this statue of Elvis Presley pays tribute to the icon, who discovered his musical talents there.
In which state can you catch a glimpse of this famous statue?
Hint: It’s located in a West Coast city that’s also the name of a seaside town in Maine.
The Portlandia statue in Portland, Oregon, welcomes visitors to the Portland Building, a 15-story municipal office building in the city’s center.
Where can you find this canine hero?
Hint: From August to April, you’ll want to take a look at the skies in this state.
From 1929 to 1942, Patsy Ann, a Bull Terrier, was the official greeter of Juneau, Alaska, welcoming every ship to the city’s shores, according to her official website. In 1992, a statue of Patsy Ann was placed on the same wharfside where she used to roam decades earlier, allowing her to greet weary travelers once again.
In which state can you find this landmark?
Hint: This statue hovers across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
This 1937 creation, located in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, depicts the Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens.
Where can you find this lookout statue?
Hint: He’s peering over the Sunflower State.
This 44-foot-tall sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and the Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita.
Where can you find this proud statue?
Hint: Johnston, a city located in the same state as this statue, is known as the peach capital of the world.
Located on the grounds of South Carolina’s capitol building in Columbia, this statue is a depiction of Wade Hampton III, a Confederate military officer from the Civil War.
Where can you find this famous leader?
Hint: He resides in the only U.S. state that has a Union Jack on its flag.
Though there are four commissioned statues of 19th-century leader King Kamehameha in Hawaii, this one, located in front of the Aliiolani Hale building on the island of Oahu, is the most famous.
In which state can you find this iron-ore statue?
Hint: Beware of the Crimson Tide in this state.
The Vulcan statue, located in Birmingham, was crafted in 1904. The 56-foot-tall creation is the world’s largest iron-ore statue and reflects Alabama’s roots in the iron and steel industries.
In which state can you find this strange statue?
Hint: This state is where Amazon was founded.
Crafted in 1990, the Fremont Troll, named after its home in Fremont, an artistic neighborhood within Seattle, Washington, has become one of the most photographed sites in the state.
In which state is this intellectual statue?
Hint: This statue is housed on the grounds of the Ivy League university whose mascot is the bulldog.
From 1846 to 1871, Theodore Dwight Woolsey, depicted in the statue above, was the president of Yale University, where the statue resides.
In which state can one find this expressive statue?
Hint: This state is known for its seemingly endless sky that this statue is reaching toward.
Before Montana became an official state, Thomas Francis Meagher, a journalist and U.S. Army general, was tasked with overseeing the large territory, earning him a statue in the state’s capital, Helena.
Where is this famous statue located?
Hint: This state is home to the house that inspired Grant Wood’s famous painting American Gothic.
In Coralville, Iowa, legendary University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry is commemorated with a statue in his likeness.
In which state can you find this historic explorer?
Hint: After you pay a visit to this statue, you could head to this state’s capital city, which is the least populous state capital in the United States.
The founder of Vermont, explorer Samuel de Champlain, is immortalized in front of Champlain College in Burlington.
Where is this statue of Jesus Christ located?
Hint: You can spot this looming statue in the short-named state (on of the shortest, in fact).
This 62-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ replaced the original “Touchdown Jesus” statue located outside of a church in Cincinnati, Ohio, that burned down after being struck by lightning.
Where can you find this statue of a famous religious leader?
Hint: This statue is situated in a state known for its natural rock formations.
Brigham Young stands tall in Salt Lake City—the very city he founded 170 years ago.
Where can you find this athletic statue?
Hint: This statue honors the 1996 Olympics, which were held in this state.
The Flair statue, by Richard MacDonald, was built in Atlanta to commemorate those Olympic games.
In which state can you find this jolly green guy?
Hint: This statue can be found in a state that’s certainly known for freezing over.
Minnesota is home to Green Giant, a company that sells frozen and canned vegetables, and the company’s mascot, the Jolly Green Giant, sits on Green Giant Lane in the town of Blue Earth.
Where can you find this oversized mammal?
Hint: This state is home to the longest boardwalk in the world.
Since 1881, Lucy the Elephant has been attracting tourists to Margate City, a town just five miles south of Atlantic City and its storied boardwalk.
Where can you find this sky-high statue?
Hint: This state is home to Carhenge.
“The Sower,” a 19-foot statue that sits atop the capitol building in Lincoln, pays tribute to the state’s agricultural heritage.
Where can you spot this iconic statue?
Hint: This warrior has a serious rivalry with Notre Dame and a few other schools in its own state.
Located on the campus of the University of Southern California, the Tommy Trojan statue has become one of the most recognizable symbols of the college.
In which state could you pay a visit to this statue?
Hint: This state’s license plate features a bucking bronco.
Located in Cody, this statue features the city’s namesake, American scout, bison hunter, and showman Buffalo Bill, or Bill Cody.
Where can you find this statue?
Hint: This state was the first to ratify the United States Constitution.
Caesar Rodney, a Continental Congressman who signed the Declaration of Independence, is commemorated in Wilmington, the largest city in Delaware.
Where can you find this iconic statue?
Hint: This state was the first to create the assembly line.
Since 1958, “The Spirit of Detroit” has been an iconic piece of art located in the Motor City’s center.
Where can you find this famous statue?
Hint: It’s pretty easy to find this big statue in the city it calls home.
Located in New Orleans’ famous Jackson Square, the statue of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, has become one of the most photographed spots in the French Quarter.
Where is this laidback lad located?
Hint: After visiting this iconic statue, you can check out the Four Corners, the only place where four states all meet in one spot in the U.S.
Named after the lyrics in the song “Take It Easy” by The Eagles, Standin’ on the Corner Park in Winslow features a statue of band member Glenn Frey, who mentioned the city in his now-famous song.
In which state can you visit this historical statue?
Hint: This state flies high above the rest.
In Kill Devil Hills, a memorial featuring statues of the Wright brothers, along with their first plane, pays homage to the state’s claim to fame—being first in flight.
Where can you find this mysterious figure?
Hint: Aside from being home to this strange creature, this state is famous for its abundance of coal.
The Mothman, depicted in this statue, is a mythical creature from West Virginia folklore. The bird-like man reportedly lives in Point Pleasant and was first seen in 1966. Years later, the legend still brings tourists to the town.
Where is this historical statue located?
Hint: You could also call this state the “Peace Garden State.”
In Bismarck, North Dakota’s capital city, Native American Sacagawea, who once traversed the country with explorers Lewis and Clark, is honored with a statue on the North Dakota State Capitol grounds.
Where is this sea-inspired statue?
Hint: This state is known as the birthplace of our nation.
Since 2005, the statue of King Neptune, the mythological god of the sea, has enchanted visitors who venture to the shores of Virginia Beach.
Where is this memorial located?
Hint: This state has more major tornadoes per square mile than any other in the country.
Erected by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, “And Jesus Wept” is a statue of Christ crying after the Oklahoma City Bombing that killed 168 people in 1995.
Where are these powerful statues located?
Hint: These students made history by breaking down racial barriers in this southern state.
The famous “Little Rock Nine,” a group of nine black students who enrolled at a formerly all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957, are forever immortalized on the grounds of the state capitol building in the city.
In which state can you find this statue?
Hint: This music legend is immortalized in Bat City in this state.
Celebrating the birthplace of musician and rock icon Stevie Ray Vaughan, the statue in his likeness in Austin has been a favorite of tourists since it was installed in 1994.
In which state can you find this giant dinosaur?
Hint: You might know this state for a certain starch.
Located outside of Idaho’s famous Shoshone Ice Caves, this dinosaur statue has been a popular photo op for decades.
Where can you find this cowboy?
Hint: Laura Ingalls Wilder chronicled her experiences in this state in Little House on the Prairie.
To get a true taste of the Wild Wild West, just pay a visit to Deadwood, South Dakota, a historic cowboy town that’s home to this commemorative statue.
Where is this triumphant statue located?
Hint: A resident of this state is officially known as a Hoosier.
Located atop the Indiana War Memorial, the Victory statue has become an iconic landmark in downtown Indianapolis.
Where can you find this statue?
Hint: This big guy is looking over some tiny terrain.
Those who wish to capture the most Instagrammable view of Providence, Rhode Island, should head to Prospect Terrace Park, a park in the College Hill neighborhood that also houses this statue of Roger Williams, the founder of the state of Rhode Island.
In which state can this iconic statue be discovered?
Hint: Though this statue is of another literary icon, Stephen King also calls this state home.
Serving as one of the most beloved spots in Portland, this monument of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow honors the legend, who was born in the seaside town.
Where can you find this iconic fictional boxer?
Hint: You can thank this state for your Hershey’s bars.
A near-constant flow of tourists flock to the Rocky Balboa statue at the bottom of the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In which state can you find this statue?
Hint: The Fig Newton was named after a town in this state.
Located outside of the Paul Revere Mall in Boston is this statue of the shopping center’s namesake.
Where can this statue be found?
Hint: This state encourages folks to live free or die.
This statue of Daniel Webster, a New Hampshire native who became Secretary of State in 1850, was erected following his death in 1952. It stands on the New Hampshire State Capitol grounds in Concord.
Where is this legendary statue?
Hint: If you can spell the state in which this statue stands, we applaud you.
This Mississippi statue commemorates James Meredith, the first African American student who attended the University of Mississippi in 1962.
Where does this famous statue reside?
Hint: The mysterious Area 51 is located in this state.
Located outside of the Caesars Palace, this statue has become a recognizable symbol on the Las Vegas Strip.
In which state can you find this significant statue?
Hint: This young boy grew up not far from the gateway to the west.
In Diamond, visitors get a glimpse of what inventor George Washington Carver’s life was like as a young boy in the state of Missouri—complete with a statue of his young likeness. And for more state guides, check out The Best City in Every State for Empty Nesters.
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