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James Dean, Los Angeles The breakout star of Rebel Without a Cause was in only a handful of movies before he died in a car accident in 1955, at age 24. Final scenes for Rebel were shot at the Griffith Observatory, where this bust stands. The Hollywood sign is in the background.
— Courtesy Omar Omar/flickr
Arthur Fonzarelli (a.k.a. The Fonz), Milwaukee Installed downtown last August, this bronze version of the Happy Days character overlooks the Milwaukee River. The show, which ran between 1974 and 1984, was set here, the hometown of one of the show's producers.
— Courtesy VISIT Milwaukee
Dorothy Gale, Chicago Oz Park was named in 1976 to honor L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, who lived several miles to the west. The book's heroine stands near a playground. There are also statues of the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion scattered throughout the park.
— Courtesy Chicago Park District
Jimi Hendrix, Seattle The city's native son is depicted here in the middle of one of the big guitar solos that made him famous. He's playing his guitar upside-down—a signature approach for this southpaw. The statue is near the intersection of Broadway Ave. and East Pine Street, in front of the entrance to Everyday Music, a record store.
— Courtesy Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau
Jim Henson and Kermit, College Park, Md. The University of Maryland, Henson's alma mater, dedicated this statue in 2003 on what would have been his 67th birthday (he died in 1990).
— Courtesy University of Maryland
Ralph Kramden, New York City Appropriately located in front of the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Eighth Avenue, this two-ton, eight-foot-tall version of Jackie Gleason's loudmouthed Brooklyn bus driver captures him looking a little smug.
— Anthony Falcone
Dolly Parton, Sevierville, Tenn. The country-music star's bronze likeness is outside the county courthouse. Parton has called this addition to her hometown one of the biggest honors she has received.
— Courtesy Sevierville Chamber of Commerce
Elvis Presley, Tupelo, Miss. On the grounds of the house Elvis was born in, this statue of the King captures him at 13, his age when he and his family left for Memphis. The house is now a museum.
— Courtesy Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Superman, Metropolis, Ill. Fifteen feet tall, the Man of Steel statue is installed in this southern Illinois town's square. Every June, Metropolis has a four-day celebration devoted to Superman.
— Courtesy Metropolis Planet
Trigger, Branson, Mo. Moved with the Roy Rogers–Dale Evans Museum when it moved to Branson in 2003, this fiberglass statue of Trigger, Roy's trusty horse, rears to 19 feet.
— Courtesy Image Works, Inc.
John Wayne, Santa Ana, Calif. This nine-foot bronze welcomes arrivals to John Wayne Airport, which changed its name in 1979, the year the Duke died.
— Courtesy Stephen Francis Photography/John Wayne Airport

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