A few days ago in search of a nice place to view the up-come Total Solar Eclipse (in the United States), I traveled to the quaint town of Chester, Illinois, to scout out some area of interest for the best view of totality. I found a few cool places to hang out, but what is really cool about Chester, is that it’s the Home of Popeye The Sailor! Yes!
Chester is the “Home of Popeye,” where a 6-foot (1.8 m), 900-pound (410 kg) bronze statue of Popeye the Sailor Man stands in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park, which honors Popeye’s creator, Elzie Segar. The park is located next to the Chester Bridge.
Several of Mr. Segar’s characters were created from experiences with people of Chester. Chester’s big event is its annual Popeye Picnic and parade, held the weekend after Labor Day. Popeye fans travel from all over the United States and the world to partake in the weekend activities. Most of the events and entertainment are free and family friendly.
New statues honoring the other Thimble Theater characters are added each year. This character trail is spread throughout Chester and to date includes:
Popeye the Sailor Man
J. Wellington Wimpy (2006)
“Olive Oyl, Swee’ Pea, and Jeep” (2007)
“Castor Oyl and Whiffle Hen” (2009)
“Sea Hag” (2010)
“Cole Oyl” (2011)
“Alice The Goon” (2012)
“I yam, what I yam!”