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Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy Building
Detroit, MI
Purple Cow Corral
Dooms, VA
The Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy Building features a giant cow head on its roof. The cow was meant to resemble "Elsie" the Borden Cow. The former ice cream stand has been closed for many years but was restored for the filming of "8 Mile" in 2002. It has remained vacant since then. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Purple Cow Corral was known as the Skyview Ice Cream stand when it was built in 1964. The cow statue came from a dairy in Charlottesville, VA. It's not known what happened to the rest of the body. The cow head has been around since at least the 1970s. I believe this place is now closed. The street it is located on is known as Purple Cow Road. For more, see this website.

Cow Heads
St. Paul, MN
Cow Heads
Des Moines, IA
These Cow Heads in St. Paul are located at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. They were designed in the mid-1950s by Bob Johnson of Sculptured Advertising. The company was located in Minneapolis at that time. I believe the first of these fiberglass Guernsey cow and bull heads were installed on a Carlson-Frank Dairy Foods billboard sign in Denver, CO. That sign was built by 1955.

The Cow Heads in Des Moines are installed on the side of a building at the Anderson Erickson Dairy.

Cow Heads
Puyallup, WA
These Cow Heads are installed at the entrance to the Western Washington Fairgrounds. Does anyone know how long they have been there?

Holland Farms Bakery & Deli
Yorkville, NY
Perkins Restaurant
Tunkhannock, PA
The first Holland Farms Bakery and Dairy Bar opened in 1955. In 1966, the company moved here. This billboard sign was built in 1956 and is located in the store's parking lot. The cows on the sign are known as Cupcake and Chuckie.

This Perkins Restaurant is located on the site of the former Shadow Brook Farm Dairy Bar which opened in 1955. The cow heads sign was part of a sign installed on the roof of the dairy bar. The sign was there by around 1960. It was similar in design to the Holland Farms and was probably built by the same sign company. Perkins opened here around 2002 and kept the cow heads. For more, see this website.

Cow Head
Wausau, WI
West's Hayward Dairy
Hayward, WI
Orange County Fairgrounds
Middletown, NY
Buckhorn Museum & Saloon
San Antonio, TX
The Cow Head in Wausau is located at Willers (or Wilters?) Farm.

West's Hayward Dairy installed this cow head on the side of the company's ice cream shop in 1969.

The Orange County Fairgrounds cow head seems to be a different shape from the others shown here. I have no idea how old it is.

The Buckhorn Museum & Saloon building features seven animal heads including cattle, elk, and buffalo. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Steer with Steak
Durand, IL
This Steer with Steak stands in front of the Country Cottage Cafe. It is about 10 feet tall. It has been here since at least 2010.

Scottish Angus Cow and Calf
Denver, CO
This bronze Scottish Angus Cow and Calf sculpture was created by Dan Ostermiller in 2001. It was originally installed near Larkspur, CO and then moved here in 2006. The cows are three times larger than life. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Bronze Bulls
St. Paul, MN
These three Bronze Bulls are located at the University of Minnesota campus. They were created by Peter Woytuk and installed from 2001-2002. The statues are about 14 feet long. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Cow Lookout Tower
Saint-Georges-de-Windsor, QC
This Cow Lookout Tower was created by a local artist, Mrs. Josée Perreault. The town wanted a lookout tower that would blend in with the landscape so boulders were used.

FAST Corporation
Sparta, WI
These cow statues were photographed at FAST Corporation around 2001. This patriotic cow was ready for shipment. The fiberglass mold is located in the company's back lot. The original statues were created by Sculptured Advertising. The same molds were probably also used later by Creative Display.

Salem Sue
New Salem, ND
At 38 feet tall and 50 feet long, Salem Sue is definitely the world's largest cow (twice the size of the FAST cows). She was built in 1974 by Sculptured Advertising. The statue cost of nearly $40,000. She overlooks I-94 from atop the town's highest hill. A local radio station holds an annual "Breakfast Under the Cow." For more info about Sue, see these websites: 1 and 2.

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