Toto Indiana Giant Indian

Giant Indian
“Richards of Toto”
Toto, Indiana
submitted by: Thomas Southwood

wendyvee says:
Yay! We have a new “Roadside Wander-er” in our midst! This is Tom’s first contribution … and I LOVE it πŸ™‚

This giant Indian stands proudly at the “Richards of Toto” discount store in Toto, Indiana. I’m not sure of his origin (I emailed “Richards” to see if they know … and I’ll update if they respond). I’mΒ pretty sure he isn’t a muffler man … perhaps one of the Pontiac car dealership Indians?? Either way, he’s a great addition!

It’s been confirmed several times that he is, indeed, the Indian who once welcomed visitors at the gate of the Enchanted Forest themepark before its demise. Thanks to all of the commenters for identifying him πŸ™‚

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15 Responses to “Toto Indiana Giant Indian”

  1. MikeP says:

    Awesome! I have a giant Indian on my ‘to do’ list. Hopefully I’ll get it in the next week or so. πŸ™‚

  2. Candace says:

    I’m from Indiana and heading back for a few days next week. I never heard of Toto, though.

    • wendyvee says:

      That’s right … you’re originally from South Bend area, yes?

      I hadn’t heard of Toto before Tom sent this in either. In fact, I looked it up out of curiosity the night that I posted this:)

      It’s about halfway between Plymouth and Valparaiso (south of 30)

  3. Carol says:

    The Indian out front was bought from Lakeville Salvage when they went out of business. It’s previous home was in Enchanted Forest outside of Chesterton, IN.

  4. Tom says:

    The Indian was made in Lake Station Indiana in the early 1970’s and was outside the gate at Enchanted Forest until it closed, then it was at Lakeville Salvage just East of Michigan City, then moved to its present location

  5. Cindy says:

    I was the head of security for Enchanted Forest for a while. I remember the Indian well. It is definitely the one from there. That Indian and i have a lot of history together. I now live close to Richards, and seeing the Indian is like seeing an old friend. I love it!

  6. Emily says:

    I grew up 7 miles from Toto in North Judson, IN. Since I had seen this Indian pretty much all the time I never questioned where it came from. Love Toto, need to go back there the next time I am visiting family.

  7. Ray says:

    I’m pretty sure that the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation showed a photo of the Indian when the opening theme song was played.

  8. Stella Wolford. says:

    I was at Enchanted Forrest when they had the auction, we bought several things there. Our friend Rod McLean bought the Indian.my husband, Dennis, Rod & Bob Green loaded it on a flat bed trailer and took it to Lakeshore Wholesale on Hwy 20, between 35 and 39. It looked so funny going down the highway with his hand in the air. There it remained until Rod sold it to Richards when Lakeshore closed. Rod had it painted when he owned it and I think it was painted again at Richards.we were just there at Richards on the Saturday before it broken. Had our picture taken with it. It’s so sad people have to destroy things to have their fun.

  9. Glory-June Greiff says:

    The statue, as has been pointed out, began life, so to speak, at Enchanted Forest about 1960. It is indeed the type that more often was found in front of Pontiac dealerships (in fact, there is another one in Indiana with an equally checkered history that has ended up in downtown Montpelier). After Enchanted Forest closed, it stood for several years on the north side of US20 east of Michigan City at Lakeshore Sales. When they went out of business, a similar business in Toto bought him. Alas, in recent months, “Chief Toto” was badly vandalized. The figure is made of fiberglass, incidentally. (from my book_Remembrance, Faith, and Fancy: Outdoor Public Sculpture in Indiana_)


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