Flin Flon boasts the only city named after a science fiction character. Josiah Flintabattey Flonatin (Flinty for short) came to us through a novel, the Sunless City. Al Capp (Lil Abner) donated his time and talent to create this image. The Chamber had the statue constructed and moved to its present location at the Flin Flon Tourist Park.
Constructed in 1962, the statue guards the entrance to the city. This dime novel character, adopted by prospectors in 1915, gave the city its name. The 7.5 m/24 ft statue was designed by American cartoonist Al Capp of Lil' Abner fame and made of fibreglass.
In 2003 the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce had a coin minted. The $3.00 "Flinty Coins" were legal tender in the City of Flin Flon until September 2004. The collector's coin is still available for purchase. Contact the Chamber office at 204-687-4518 or e-mail email@example.com
In 2015 Flinty became an online celebrity when he beat 31 competitors to become Manitoba's favourite roadside attraction in Travel Manitoba's Roadside Madness contest.