Flying the coop: Iconic statue of Pilgrim’s Pride founder’s head to be dismantled, returned to family

Flying the coop: Iconic statue of Pilgrim’s Pride founder’s head to be dismantled, returned to family
"Flying the coop: Iconic statue of Pilgrim's Pride founder's head to be dismantled, returned to family" (SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons/John Bonzo)

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - A local landmark that has caused thousands of travelers to do a double-take, or even stop for a photo, is being moved.

On March 4, Pilgrim’s announced through JBS Processing that the family of the late Bo Pilgrim has requested the landmark “Bo Head” statue be returned to them. The statue, which is located at the Walker Creek office building on Hwy 271 North in Pittsburg, is 37-feet tall. It sits atop a pavilion with benches underneath.

Also to be moved will be the bronze statue of Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim and his pet chicken, Henrietta. It is underneath the large statue in the pavilion, and will be taken from there to the Pilgrim Bank Mount Pleasant South branch, according to a statement from JBS. The bank is located at 2401 South Jefferson Avenue.

Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim
Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim

Bo Pilgrim, co-founder of Pilgrim’s Pride, died at age 89 in July 2017.

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