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Pearsonville Uniroyal Gal
International Fiberglass made several types of fiberglass statues including the hard to find Uniroyal Girls. The Uniroyal Girl is the female equivalent of the Muffler Man and looks a lot like Jackie Kennedy. Her left arm is held up in the air and her right hand is on her hip. It is believed that at one point she might have carried something like a tire or an oil can. She was originally built in the 1960s for Uniroyal Tire in order to advertise their stores. By 1970 she was available in the International Fiberglass catalog for $3,150 as "Miss America." This price had her arriving in simply a bikini, with the option for clothes costing more. The clothes option included a dress. Uniroyal Girls were 18 feet tall and weigh 230 pounds.

There is currently two Uniroyal Girls in California, with the second located in Hayward at the gigantic collection found at Bell Plastics. For the longest time there was only one in California and, despite the town she lives in becoming a ghost town, she can still be found in Pearsonville along highway 395 and is known as the Hubcap Lady named after a former resident, Lucy Pearson, who once collected over 80,000 hubcaps. The town of Pearsonville and the 80,000 hubcabs are now all long gone, but The Hubcab Lady still stands watch over Highway 395, although faded and sun weathered.

A second Uniroyal girl was purchased by Bruce Kennedy of Hayward's Bell Plastics from Mount Vernon, Illinois in June of 2015. Like the one in Pearsonville, she also wears a dress. San Diego, once had a Uniroyal Girl and she apparently had multiple outfits that she could wear over the course of the year. She is long gone, however.
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Pearsonville Uniroyal Girl
(Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea)

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The International Fiberglass Uniroyal Girls
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(Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea)

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Pearsonville, The Truth and Nothing but the Truth
By Janice Pearson

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Text and Photos courtesy of Janice & Lucy: Pearson - Pearsonville, CA 93527

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Lucy Pearson in her Pearsonville warehouse full of hubcaps.

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L/R: Janice, Lucy, Andy, and Don Pearson

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Diana and Don Pearson

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L/R: Andy, Lucy, Don, and baby Janice Pearson

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Lucy Pearson

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Pearsonville on the Rand McNally map.
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L/R: Diana, David, Don, and Debbie Pearson

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Lucy Pearson

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Pearsonville on U.S. 395

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Janice Pearson - Junior Year Lone Pine High School

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Janice Pearson and "Honey Bee"


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