Monday, March 30, 2009

Hobo Joe Statue

Giant Hobo Joe fiberglass statue. This one, hidden just off MC85 (Buckeye Rd) and Apache (which is barely a street), is apparently the last one left as far as anyone knows. If you go looking for him, get directions to the Maricopa County Buckeye Complex/ Buckeye MVD. It's just a few yards away.

I tried to get the other side of him, and if you look by the top of the plaque, you can the the tattered shoes. This giant version of Hobo Joe was the the only one not to get installed, as the businesses went under beforehand. This one stayed with it's maker Marvin Randsell and was left to his friends, the Gilliums when he passed. They erected it here and installed the plaque. The business behind him appears completely abandoned, and the only other things close to him are a canal and a dirt road. I searched the internet for Hobo Joe's to get more info and found very little, although it seems there's still a coffee shop with the name- somewhere in Cottonwood, AZ but I doubt it is the same.

1 comment:

  1. You found him!! That is a great memorial to a friend, I think. Plus a rare piece of history. I liked the jet going over his head. He seems to have lost his cigar.