If you looked at the title of this blog, you'll see that this one is about the interesting city of Mesa. I enjoy walking in the morning, and couldn't help but smile at all of the whimsical statues that are placed along mainstreet. The Mesa city fathers definitely have a sense of humor!
Waving his paper high in the air, this newspaper boy is hawking his wares with great enthusiasm.
An interesting structure on the property of the Wells Fargo Bank. Perhaps Papa is pointing to the bank to encourage us to use their business to help us support our growing families.
This local farmer/rancher is reading a paper as he rests on his shovel. Got to keep abreast of what's going on in the world, right?
I'm not sure if this represents a teacher or a mother with her children. Actually, it's the same thing.
This energetic young lad is getting ready to throw his play airplane...
and his friend, whose arms are already raised, is waiting to catch it.
A wider viewpoint gives you a better idea of how it looks on the street.
How cute is this? The little boy is holding out a piece of food to feed the duck in front while the smaller duck secretly snatches the rest of the food from the hand behind his back.
Mesa is much too hot for this polar bear. She looks miserable - or is it taking care of her rambunctious cubs that has her way-past-tired?
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These small horses look a little bewildered to be planted here on main street.
Okay, if you can't go to the mountain to rock-climb, bring a mountain (of sorts) to the city.
Breakfast time. Junior looks a little impatient as his mother holds the fish out of his reach.
I know, you're asking what this huge pig, (sow, boar?) is supposed to be about. No clue. I can't help smiling hugely as I walk along the street. These statues are everywhere!
This little budding Mickey Mantle is just winding up for a pitch.
Down the street a few feet. this hopeful batter is poised to hit his first home run.
This little fellow isn't athletically inclined - he'd rather read a book.
And here's a nostalgic one - it kind of looks like WW II days.
A kindly cowboy (her daddy?) peels an orange for this little girl. Oranges were once an important segment of Mesa's economy. An old Sunkist warehouse and packing plant stands empty and forlorn down on Broadway. I guess the citrus industry has moved to Florida.
Lots of people must like to read in Mesa - especially sitting on benches along main street.
Here we see a young boy getting ready to throw the ball for his faithful dog to retrieve.
Now this one reminds me that I'm definitely in Arizona.
I had to touch this chair to be sure it was really a statue. It almost looks like a real chair - except that it is about as tall as a man.
Hey, anybody want to play baseball with a girl???
Here we see an industrious fellow getting ready to lay cinder blocks.
A coyote howls at the moon -(or maybe the street lights.)
A bicycle tire swing is providing entertainment for these two young fellows. It looks like the one on the bottom is getting the worst of the deal since his friends feet are planted right in his face.
Okay - who could have imagined creating a statue of an elaborate high heeled shoe?
Or frogs playing leap-frog off the curb into the street?
At least I understood the reason for these next two statues - they were advertising the museum of natural history that is just down the street from the center of town.
Yup - complete with dinosaurs.
And in case the previous one is too sleek and streamlined, these dinosaurs are made from old automobile parts, and look like the skeletal remains of the fellow above.
A large diamond ring? It's probably a famous rock variety of Arizona that I've never heard of.
This studious looking man tries to share an orange with passers-by.
And who do we have here? Looking at the plaque at his feet I discovered he was a gift from the Canadian city of Burnaby, who is Mesa's sister city.
The final statue on my morning exploration of downtown Mesa is directly across main street from the Visitors' Center. It depicts the early pioneers who settled Mesa in the 1870's. They were amazing people - just living here without air conditioning was a heroic undertaking!
All kidding aside, they truly were faithful LDS pioneers sent here by the prophet to help settle this part of Arizona under extremely trying conditions. They faced many challenges but they refused to give up, and a century and a half later their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are enjoying the fruits of their tireless work and dedication.