I have a Turkey Hill Cow already (see below) but it was a traveling cow on a trailer. That is what I expected to find here. Instead I found a much larger version of the cow. Much like the many cows we’ve found elsewhere. The Turkey Hill Experience is an admission charge museum type venue located in Columbia, Pennsylvania just off US-30.
Turkey Hill Experience Cow
On our way to Saugatuck for our Fall Break trip, physician we stopped by the Sherman Dairy Bar in South Haven to grab this image of Blue Moo and Baby Moo located on top of the business. We had a big breakfast in Kokomo a couple hours earlier or I might have dropped in for a strawberry cone.
Blue Moo and Baby Blue
On our way out of State College, look PA after spending the night and having breakfast at Ye Old College Diner (leaving with Sticky Buns in hand of course) we took Business 322 to get on US-322. Right before we got there, we spotted this bull atop Kelly Steak and Seafood. A restaurant in Boalsburg, PA. Another nice find!
State College Bull
Early Friday morning we were traveling from our mountain-top cabin in Gatlinburg through Pigeon Forge on our way home and spotted this Big Steer. Naturally we circled back and grabbed this opportunity. I love getting these unplanned Big Things. In this case it was a restaurant featuring beef and fish. Looked like a nice place from the outside, unfortunately we spent our time in Gatlinburg and didn’t get a chance to sample the menu here. If you stay in Pigeon Forge you might want to try the “Bullfish Grill.”
Pigeon Forge Bull
Freddy Hill Farms is more than the name implies. We stopped by with Andy and Lindsey to get some fresh milk to make cheese, but soon fell prey to the many delicious ice cream varieties, even though it was December. The Seipt family learned how to make rich ice cream while at Penn State, but they have added many more reason to visit. They have a mini-golf course, driving range, pro shop and more. Lucky Andy lives nearby Freddy Hill’s located on Sunneytown Pike in Lansdale, PA. Stop in if you want some super rich ice cream.
Freddy Hill Cow
Next to the Corn Palace Motel at the corner of Burr and Havens is this Big Steer advertising Chef Louie’s Steakhouse. After checking in to our hotel we came back to eat at Chef Louie’s which was a very good decision. We had an excellent dinner in a super pleasant environment. I wish it were closer to home.
Chef Louie’s Bull
The Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines, Iowa has these two, Annie and Eric standing out front at the corner of University and Hubble. This is a nice twosome, one not normally seen. Generally I only find the larger mother cow. Eric was added later. More information on the Annie and Eric and the Anderson Erickson Dairy can be found here. Enjoy!
Anderson Erickson Cows
On the way back from Thanksgiving at Meg and Greg’s (thanks for the hospitality by the way!) we dropped down on I-275 to Ecorse Rd west (M-17) to get this cow. I’ve got lot’s of cows on this site as you can see below. This Carry Dairy cow is on top of a building that is not exactly a dairy. More of a “Party Store” as they are called in Michigan. Selling beer (of course), wine, cigarettes, milk and lottery tickets there are a plenitude of places like this. This almost like the drive thru beer stores in Ohio, note the One Way sign to my right. No expense spared!
Both of these Bulls are on Market Street in Logansburg, IN. The one on the left is in front of Haps Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Parlor and the guy of the right is next to Mr. Happy Burger. I would guess they have common ownership, notice they both have bibs on. It was too early in the day to get a banana split and the burger joint wasn’t open yet.
Haps Old Fashioned Ice Cream Bull
Mr, Happy Burger Bull
Meet Gertrude the Guernsey Cow. Looks an awful lot like Sissie the Cow just below. Maybe they’re related? Anyway, she was the last Animal we visited on our Wisconsin trip. Gertrude is actually near Rockford, Illinois in Lockwood Park. I’ll have to say that 4 days of Big Thing hunting was pretty exhausting. When Deb asked me what the next object was and I told her a Big Cow, she replied, “Another cow?” I knew at that point we should head home, and we did!
Gertrude the Gurnsey Cow
Let me introduce you to Sissy the Cow in DeForest Wisconsin. She is in front of Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet just off I90/94 exit 126. Nice cow and an even nicer cheese store. We spent some time inside and, of course, bought some cheese.
Sissy the Cow
We were on Route 21 from Oshkosh to spend the night at the Wisconsin Dells. As I’ve said some of the best Big Things are found unexpectedly as was the case with this Big Steer near Wautoma. He stands out front of the Silvercryst Steakhouse and Motel located on Silver Lake. Looks like a small resort town with good eats. I might vacation there sometime.
We took the ferry across Lake Michigan from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. If you didn’t know, there are LOTS of Big Things in Wisconsin. In Manitowoc, the Cedar Crest Cow is out in front of the dairy. You can stop in the company store and have a great ice cream there. We passed on that, but right across the street is the cheese store. Lot’s of varieties, we even bought a cheese in the shape of a cow! The man in the store was very helpful with samples of cheeses and gave tips on the local sites as well.
Cedar Crest Cow
I got a call while I was having lunch with the Chief Photographer at the Jersey Cafe, a haven for former South Jersey residents. It seems the #1 fan spotted another “Mobile Big Thing.” This large cow and Ice Cream Carton in front of the Kroger. She dropped everything and went up to the man handing out samples to find out how long he was going to be there and where he was going to be next. As you may recall #1 spotted the Kissmobile, the other “Mobile Big Thing.” Now with those two and the Weinermobile it becomes a sub-class along with Stationary and Inflatables. Breaking new ground, thanks Karen!
I have lots of cows on this site, not nearly as many bulls. Here’s a good looking one. He is in a little park in the Village of Gilboa, (est.1837) OH. The park is on the corner of US-224 and Pearl. I wish we had more time to explore Gilboa, anytime a village have been around as this one has, it must have something pretty substantial to it. Maybe next time.
Village of Gilboa Bull
This was a nice find. Unexpected as some of the best finds are. I’ve lost my notes on this but as I recall it was in Mitchell, Indiana near Spring Mills State Park where we were planning to spend the night. This sad looking bull was abandoned out in front of a closed general merchandise store. I just realized that I neglected this poor bull as well with my lost details. How sad!
Sorry Looking Bull
I’ve wanted this Inflatable for quite a while now. At times I’ve seen it up in front of one of the Chick fil a restaurants. Without a doubt I saw this inflatable and didn’t have a camera with me or my most favorite photographer. This time the planets were in alighnment and me, the inflatable and the photographer were all together. Hooray!
Chick fil a Cow
With my update of the website I found some images that go back a way, to 2003, which were never posted. Here are two. We were up in Detroit for Thanksgiving with the Davidsons and instead of shopping on Friday my brother-in law, Greg and niece, Erica ventured out on a cold, rainy day to get some Big Things I had researched around the city. As we were on our way to this mini-golf course to get these Big Animals Erica spotted a Big Apple atop Blake’s Big Apple Orchard. Check out the Erica’s find on the Food and Drink page.
Riverbend Golf Cow
Riverbend Golf Steer
My Uncle Ed told me about this big cow in downtown Elsie, Michigan. On our way home from Prudenville we stopped at Ford Cemetary where my folks are buried, as well as many other family members. Aunt Libbie and Uncle Frank lived close by so I spent time as a youngster in Elsie. I didn’t remember this cow, but it’s right on W. Main outside the Elsie village hall.
Elsie the Cow
We were winding up our “Big Thing Trek” and were looking for the big bull that our real estate agent Gail had told us about. Melynda included it on her map and we thought we had it with this cow outside Cohron’s Manufactured Homes on SR67. Something didn’t ring true since this cow and calves were in great shape, not as Gail described them.