Roadside Giant, York Barbell man: He’s not going anywhere over the long term

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The Barbell Man at York Barbell is back from rehab and hoisted to it normal rotating perch greeting motorists along 83. This York Daily Record/Sunday News video shows his ride to his stand atop York Barbell. Also of interest: All York Barbell posts from the start and Obscure F.O.E. building to become colorful beacon of York, Pa.’s renaissance and Who were most prominent 20th-century sports heroes in York and Adams counties?

The York Barbell Man is one of York County’s most memorable landmarks.
But he’s been a bit long of tooth recently.
The man was removed recently for repairs after he began coming apart at a seam around his lower torso, specifically around the seat of his pants.
He was rewired and hoisted back in place.
Here are some specifics about the statue:


Height: 13 feet.
Weight: 1,000 pounds.
Modeled after: Famed weightlifter Norbert Schemansky.
Past problems: Wind disabled motor that rotates statue. Lights illuminating the statue went out.
Made of: Fiberglass.
Status: He’s not going anywhere over the long term per wishes of company founder Bob Hoffman. “He wanted people to know exactly where his company is,” a company spokesman said.
Company history: York Barbell
Source: York Daily Record/Sunday News.

Also of interest:
Check out this photo of the York Barbell man losing one of his weights.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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One Response to Roadside Giant, York Barbell man: He’s not going anywhere over the long term

  1. Cool video! Haha. Glad the barbell man is back to doing what he does best!

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