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Cow Heads

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Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy Building
Detroit, MI
Purple Cow Corral
Waynesboro, 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. Wilson's Dairy had another location with another cow head which is gone now. For more, see this website. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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. [map]

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. [map]

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

Cow Heads [gone]
Puyallup, WA
Cow Head
Yakima, WA
These Cow Heads in Puyallup were installed at the entrance to the Western Washington Fairgrounds. There were three of them. These photos are from 2008. They were still there in 2012 but were removed soon after that when the entrance was remodeled.

The Cow Head in Yakima is now installed inside the Yakima Valley Museum. It was originally located at the Country Store in Yakima.

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. For more, see this website. [map]

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. [map]

Crystal Springs Dairy Bar
Ware, MA
The Crystal Springs Dairy Bar features this billboard style sign on the roof. [map]

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 Walters Farms.

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

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. [map]

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

More Cow Heads:
El Rancho Motel (Gurnee, IL)
Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream (Whitman, MA)
Farmers Dairy (Hazleton, PA) [vintage; gone]
Kelly's Real Deals (Troutville, VA)
Neon Factory (Winnipeg, ON)

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