Big John - Metropolis

The Big John statues were built for the Big John grocery store chain which was based in Carmi, IL in the 1960’s.
Back then there were about 30 Big John stores in Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Tennessee.
The giants were produced around 1967 by the General Sign Co. in Cape Girardeau in Missouri. The designer was Jimmy Boyd.

Each Big John statue is about 30 feet tall, originally they wore checkered shirts, blue jeans.
They carry giant bags of groceries.

The Big John in Metropolis stands in front of the still-operating Big John grocery store.

He is holding just 2 bags instead of four

Big John Metropolis


Name of the Roadside Attraction: Big John - Metropolis
Parking:there is a parking lot
Time required:10 Minutes
Descripton:This Big John stands in front of Big John's in Metropolis
Next town:Metropolis, IL - Paducah, KY
Findable:easy - next to the road
Fee area:no fee
Giftshop: no
Food or drinks: yes (if the Big John's is open)
Kind of attraction: Mufflerman (Big John)
Best time to vistit: all year

   How to find

Address:  1200 E 5th St Metropolis, Illinois
Directions: From I-24 North take exit 37 follow Highway 45 into town. Big John is on the left behind a curve.
Opening Hours: 24/7
Last visited: October 2019