Why did the chicken cross the Lode?

In April of 2007 the Pollardville western ghost town closed its doors. The land, its buildings and the Chicken Kitchen restaurant were sold to make way for a shopping center and housing, which never developed. The Pollardville’s iconic giant chicken statue atop a tower in front of the restaurant was moved to the Mountain Ranch home of retired Pollardville founder Neal Pollard.

On a recent trip to the Lode, I noticed a statue that looked a lot like the Pollardville chicken. It was placed on a grassy hillside along Highway 88 just past the Jackson Rancheria casino in Jackson. It was just out there by itself with nothing but nature surrounding it. It may or may not have been the chicken from Pollardville, but if somehow he made his way to Jackson, he seemed to be content in its retirement as a free-range chicken.

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