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Chester in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wimpy

 
 
Wimpy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
1. Wimpy Marker
Inscription.  Popeye's loveable hamburger mooching associate was inspired by Chester Opera House owner William "Windy Bill" Schuchbert
 
Erected 2006 by the Smith family and the City of Chester.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 37° 54.725′ N, 89° 49.423′ W. Marker is in Chester, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street (Illinois Route 150) and Opdyke Street (Illinois Route 3), on the right when traveling west on State Street. Marker and statue are located at Gazebo Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 987 State St, Chester IL 62233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Spirit of 1776 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bluto (approx. 0.2 miles away); Popeye & The Perennial Pups (approx. ¼ mile away); King Blozo (approx. ¼ mile away); Sherlock and Segar
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); This Eternal Flame (approx. 0.3 miles away); For God and Country (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Regarding Wimpy. The City of Chester has celebrated one of its most famous residents, E.C. Segar (creator of Popeye comic strip), for many years. In 1977, a park by the Mississippi River was dedicated and named after Segar. That same year, a statue of Popeye was placed there. Every year since 2006 (as of 2020), there have been Popeye character statues erected around town at various places. All of those typically have the donors' names on the base, as well as the city leaders of that year. Most of the statues have historical text on them.
 
Also see . . .
1. J. Wellington Wimpy on Wikipedia. The Wimpy character was introduced by E.C. Segar in 1931 and was dominant in the comic strip, but was a minor character in cartoons. (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

2. Popeye and Friends Character Trail. Official website for the program that pays tribute to all Popeye characters since 2006 (Wimpy was the inaugural character statue). (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Wimpy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
2. Wimpy Marker
Marker is in front of the statue and base
 
 
Additional keywords. cartoon character, comic strip characters
 
Wimpy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
3. Wimpy Marker
Marker and statue are located at Gazebo Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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