Family, Community Gather to Unveil Statue of 'Hot Tamale Louie'

Statue of Tamale Louie on Grinnell Plaza. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Statue of Tamale Louie on Grinnell Plaza. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Members of the Khan family unveiled the statue of the man known as Hot Tamale Louie or Hamburger Louie on Grinnell Plaza Saturday afternoon not far from where Louie – whose real name was Zarif Khan – sold hamburgers for nearly 50 years in Sheridan.

Kim Love, chairman of the Sheridan Public Arts Committee, was moderator for the event and introduced speakers who included members of the Khan family, Jerry Smiley who sculpted the statue and Linda Arbaugh, whose family helped secure the statue for Sheridan.

Arbaugh said her husband had a similar reaction – plus, she added, he decided to get a statue of Louie.

Arbaugh said her husband called City Hall and was referred to Love. She said two months later, the Arbaughs were in meetings that included Love and Smiley. She said Love secured permission from the Khan family to proceed with plans for the statue.

Smiley said by the time he came to Sheridan, Hot Tamale Louie had passed away, but he did know Khan's oldest son, also named Zarif.

Dedication of the sculpture is part of a series of events hosted through the Sheridan Public Arts Committee that started Thursday with Jazz at Sheridan College and continues Sunday at Ucross. A drawing and photography workshops will start at noon and an artists' reception and talks at 3 p.m.

On Monday, Celebrate the Arts will be the beneficiary of Dining for a Cause at Frackelton's restaurant in downtown Sheridan. Also Monday, from 5 to 7 is an opening reception for Allan Houser at SAGE Community Arts.

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Members of the Khan family help unveil the statue. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Members of the Khan family help unveil the statue. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sculptor Jerry Smiley. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sculptor Jerry Smiley. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Kim Love points to where Louie's hamburger stand once stood on Grinnell Plaza. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Kim Love points to where Louie's hamburger stand once stood on Grinnell Plaza. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Linda Arbaugh. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Linda Arbaugh. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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