"It is gratifying to me, of course, to hold the undisputed world's title. I am glad it is held in America, glad that I brought it here. But I mean my life to be more than a mere wrestling exhibition. I expect to be an Iowa farmer all my life, and make my life worth something. I hope that every year may find me a little better man in some way than I was the year before.
I want to be a good citizen and a helpful, useful man."
Frank A Gotch
Frank Gotch Statue in Bicknell Park
On July 4th, 2012, the eight-foot tall bronze statue that shows Gotch in black tights and top, with hands on hips, gazing out over the land was unveiled. It stands on a three-foot pedestal in Bicknell Park, the very spot where Gotch trained for his epic match with George Hackenschmidt, The Russian Lion, in 1911. Gotch was born on a farm three miles south of Humboldt and became world heavyweight champion of professional wrestling on April 8, 1908, when he defeated Hackenschmidt in Dexter Park Pavilion in Chicago.
Click on the video below to see the Channel 13 News story.
If you would like more information about Frank Gotch, there are brochures available at City Hall. The brochure has some wonderful information about his life, as well as a map with points of interest related to Mr. Gotch in the area. Click on a page below to see a scan of the brochure.