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

Popeye

 
 
Popeye Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 15, 2010
1. Popeye Marker
Inscription.

This statue is erected in tribute to Elzie Crisler Segar

Born in Chester, Illinois - Dec. 8, 1894
Died in Santa Monica, California - Oct. 13, 1938

Mr. Segar created Popeye from his recollection of Frank "Rocky" Fiegel — Jan. 27, 1868 - Mar. 24, 1947 — local scrapper. Popeye first appeared in the cast of "Thimble Theater" Jan. 17, 1929. William "Windy Bill" Schuchert — Mar. 8, 1857 - Feb. 20, 1941 — Chester Opera House owner and Mr. Segar's benefactor, appeared as "Wimpy" the Hamburger Fiend.
 
Location. 37° 54.304′ N, 89° 50.035′ W. Marker is in Chester, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Bypass Road west of Randolph Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the Chester Welcome Center in Segar Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Bridge Bypass Road, Chester IL 62233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark in Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Great American Eclipse of 2017 (approx. 12 miles away in Missouri).
 
Also see . . .
1. E.C. Segar - Wikipedia entry
Popeye Statue image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 15, 2010
2. Popeye Statue
. (Submitted on November 25, 2013.)
2. Popeye Character Trail - City of Chester. A trail of granite statues of Popeye characters placed throughout Chester. (Submitted on November 25, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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