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Uncle Sam Takes Up Residence Outside Danbury Railway Museum 

What's red, white, blue and back where it belongs? 

By Rich Kirby, Patch Staff | May 8, 2019 9:53 pm ET
That Uncle Sam statue, Danbury's 38-foot-tall icon of icons, took up residence outside the city's Railway MuseumThat Uncle Sam statue, Danbury's 38-foot-tall icon of icons, took up residence outside the city's Railway Museum (City of Danbury) 

DANBURY, CT — What's red, white, blue and back where it belongs?

That Uncle Sam statue, Danbury's 38-foot-tall icon of icons, took up residence outside the city's Railway Museum on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Stars-and-Stripes presided over the Danbury Fair from 1971 to 1981, at which time it was purchased by the Magic Forest Amusement Park in Lake George, NY. The city re-acquired the statue in December, and has spent the intervening months prepping the statue for its third act.

 

The city has a few more weeks of work on the installation before Uncle Sam is ready to greet his public.

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• • • • •@mayormark almost as tall as Uncle Sam! http://bit.ly/2VrCfGD 


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I was a longtime patron of the Danbury race arena, the best and prettiest race track I have ever been to, and working on Cup and Xfinity teams, I have been to probably 150 different tracks in my lifetime!  I'm glad to see Paul back in Danbury, but sad and angry at these same politicians and sleezeballs that sold it from under us back in 1980.   There will never be another Danbury Racearena!  
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Uncle Sam is On His Way Home to Danbury

The colossus has been reclaimed from an amusement park in Lake George

Uncle Sam is On His Way Home to Danbury

DANBURY, CT — The rumors are true: the statue of Uncle Sam is coming home to Danbury.

Before there was a Danbury Fair Mall, there was a Danbury Fair, and those festivities were presided over by a 38-foot statue of Uncle Sam. The colossus held court in the city from 1971 to 1981, at which time it was purchased by the Magic Forest Amusement Park in Lake George, NY. 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has not kept his desire to reclaim the icon a secret, and today took to Twitter to announce that the Big Man was finally on his way back:

The statue was hauled onto a flatbed Thursday morning and is expected home before nightfall.

Sam will need a little love before before he is settled into his permanent and yet-to-be-disclosed new digs in the city. Restoration of the statue is scheduled for this winter.

The restoration of the world's largest Uncle Sam statue will be performed in a hangar at the Danbury Airport, according to the News Times.

Photo via Danbury Public Works/@MayorMark Twitter feed

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