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

Bluto

 
 
Bluto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
1. Bluto Marker
Inscription.  

Popeye's 1st Screen Villain - 1933
Bluto's Comic Strip Debut - 1932

 
Erected 2008 by City of Chester.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 37° 54.875′ N, 89° 49.281′ W. Marker is in Chester, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Swanwick Street and West Holmes Street (Illinois Route 3), on the right when traveling west on Swanwick Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1230 Swanwick 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. King Blozo (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wimpy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elias Kent Kane (approx. 0.4 miles away); Governor Shadrach Bond (approx. 0.4 miles away); Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen (approx. half a mile away); Four Nephews (approx. half a mile away); Prof. O.G. Wotasnozzle (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Regarding Bluto.
Bluto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
2. Bluto Marker
Back of the statue, where the historical text is at the base
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. Bluto on Wikipedia. Bluto has been the main antagonist in most of the Popeye series, especially in the cartoons. Internationally, he is known as "Brutus". (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. (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Additional keywords. cartoon character
 
Bluto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
3. Bluto Marker
Marker is at the intersection of Holmes and Stanwick Streets
Bluto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
4. Bluto Marker
Front of statue (with holiday wreath around neck)
 
 
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 41 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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