Chester, Illinois can also be called Popeye Town

Yes, that Popeye (who loves spinach and Olive Oyl). The characters in Elzie Crisler Segar's comic strip was apparently fashioned after real life folks in Chester back in the day. And in honor of Segar's work, the area erected life-sized statues of numerous characters all over town. The goal is to have 16 bronze and granite statues throughout the area.  Head to Chester the weekend after Labor Day to attend the Popeye Picnic and take in the Popeye Museum and spinach can collectibles.
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( Jerome Pohlen / May 16, 2012 )

Yes, that Popeye (who loves spinach and Olive Oyl). The characters in Elzie Crisler Segar's comic strip was apparently fashioned after real life folks in Chester back in the day. And in honor of Segar's work, the area erected life-sized statues of numerous characters all over town. The goal is to have 16 bronze and granite statues throughout the area. Head to Chester the weekend after Labor Day to attend the Popeye Picnic and take in the Popeye Museum and spinach can collectibles.

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