Built in the 1940s and still there today, comic strip boxing champ Joe Palooka has a statue on Indiana! Not a very GOOD one if you ask me, but... Eight feet tall and "can be seen for miles???"
Joe also appeared in a couple of long running low budget movie series as well as a TV series and various comic books. When Harvey Comics pocked up the rights to Joe, it's said that his book--and its several spinoffs-- saved the company.