Where to find Glendale’s famous black squirrels and painted squirrel statues

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Take a stroll through the Cincinnati suburb of Glendale and you might notice its exuberant mascot scurrying through trees or lawns. And we’re not talking about a human in a suit; the black squirrel, a colored form of the species Sciurus carolinensis, aka the eastern gray squirrel, is a unique inhabitant of the village.

According to legend, businessman Thomas Carruthers III brought back two black squirrels from Harbor Springs, Michigan in the 1940s. The population increased over the following decades, according to glendaleohioarchive.org.

And to pay homage to this local quirk, 5-foot-tall fiberglass squirrel statues dot the streets and courtyards of Glendale. Twenty-five squirrel statues were unveiled in 2005 as part of the village’s 150th anniversary celebration. Of these, 13 are still visible today; the rest were either transferred to private property or sold.

Glendale is a 22-minute drive north of downtown Cincinnati, making squirrel statues hunting the perfect afternoon. Need a guide? Glendale’s website has a map showing the remaining statues and the various routes you can take to see them.

Decorated by local artists and placed outside businesses and community spaces, the statues represent everything from a squirrel wearing an apron and rolling pin outside Bluebird Bakery to “Scrappy Fritz Kloth,” a firefighter squirrel guarding the fire station.

Some squirrels have been repainted since their initial installation. For example, once covered in sports balls, the squirrel on the upstairs deck of The Cock & Bull pub now appears as a British Beefeater. And outside of Glendale Family Chiropractic, formerly Wolff Vision Center, the squirrel has ditched his glasses to become a skeleton, making him the scariest creature of them all.

Read a full article on Glendale’s famous black squirrels and find a map of the statues’ locations at CityBeat.com.

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