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The Two RV Gypsies and
some really big stuff
in North Dakota
June 6, 2012

As the two RV Gypsies drove down I-94 in North Dakota, they noticed something different and big on a hill, so they decided to stop and investigate. They were not sure what the object really was. It could barely be seen in the photo shown below on the left. After exiting the highway and driving a short distance, the two RV Gypsies saw that the object they spotted was a giant cow on the hill (the photo below on the right). They were in their car, not the RV.
something big on a hill in the distance.
a giant cow on a hill labeled New Salem
Turning right and driving up the hill, they learned that the giant cow is named Salem Sue. (The town is New Salem, ND)
the Lions Club Welcomes all to Salem Sue
While driving up the hill, Karen Duquette zoomed the camera in on Salem Sue to get a closer look
zooming in on Salem Sue
Salem Sue  in New Salem, North Dakota
the two RV Gypsies are getting closer to Salem Sue
The two RV Gypsies approached the top of the hill and parked where the road ended.
a sign about Salem Sue
Salem Sue (The World's Largest Holstein Cow) is a large fiberglass holstein cow statue located in New Salem, North Dakota. The statue stands 38 feet high and is 50 feet long and weighs 12,000 pounds. It sits on School Hill between the city of New Salem and I-94 Highway and the cow is visible for 5 miles. It was built for the New Salem Lions Club by Sculpture Mfg. Co. of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and transported to New Salem in three parts and erected under the direction of Dave Oswald, artist, on New Salem Park District lands. The total cost of the project was approximately $40,000 contributed by dairymen, farmers, businessmen, dairy industry and residents of the area.

It's purpose is to honor and advertise the dairymen of our area, their superior herds and the production of high quality milk.

Lee was still parking the car as Karen started walking up the hill towards Salem Sue. When Karen turned around to see if Lee was coming, Lee snapped a photo of her.
Karen Duquette approaching Salem Sue
Karen Duquette pauses by a sign about Salem Sue
sign about Salem Sue
Karen Duquette stood under Salem Sue, the World's Largest Holstein cow'
Karen Duquette leans against the World's Largest Holstein cow
Karen Duquette stands under the World's Largest Holstein cow statue
laughing animationKaren Duquette tried to milk the World's Biggest Holstein Cow
Karen Duquette tries to milk the World's Biggest Holstein Cow
Panorama photo of Salem Sue in New Salem, North Dakota
Karen Duquette by Salem Sue

view of the landscape from the hill where Salem Sue resides.

view of the landscape in New Salem, ND
view of the landscape in New Salem, North Dakota
A panorama photo of the two RV Gypsies' car and the surround landscape - taken from standing up on the hill by Salem Sue.
the two RV Gypsies' car and the surround landscape & Karen Duquette
A close-up of the two RV Gypsies' car - known as MOB - Monster Out Back, because it is a very long truck towed behind the RV. But remember, at this point in time, the two RV Gypsies were homeless because their RV (which is their only home) was in repair in Iowa, and they were hotel hopping, which proved to be very expensive. If they were in their RV, they would not have been able to suddenly decide to investigate the cow on the hill because the RV and truck together are usually too long to just pull off and stop in unplanned areas where they are not sure if they can turn around or not.
the two RV Gypsies' car
While driving though North Dakota, the two RV Gypsies unexpectedly came across the World's Largest Sandhill Crane statue in Steele, North Dakota.
sign - welcome to Steele, North Dakota
Steele is home to the world's largest sandhill crane, a 38-1/2 foot tall Sandhill Crane statue named Sandy. Inspired by the local wildlife, the Crane was built in 1998-99 by James Miller of Arena, ND, in his farm shop. The rolled sheet metal was welded in place, painted, and transported to its current location in 1999. A Memorial Flower Garden was planted in 2004 in memory of James and the entire area is now surrounded by numerous grass species, flowers, and trees all native to the Coteau Rangeland of North Dakota.

The Coteau Rangeland is an area of glacial potholes located in the central flyway which makes it a favorite spot for migratory nesting wildlife, including the Sandhill Crane. The crane is the oldest living species of birds and has existed unchanged for more than 2 million years.

The statue is sponsored and maintained by the World's Largest Sandhill Crane Foundation in Steele. It is a non-profit organization funded by private donations and gaming.

sign about the World's Largest Sandhill Crane statue
Lee Duquette stood by the World's Largest Sandhill Crane statue
Lee Duquette stands by the World's Largest Sandhill Crane statue
Lee Duquette stands by the World's Largest Sandhill Crane statue
Below: Karen Duquette stood by the World's Largest Sandhill Crane statue
Karen Duquette stands by the World's Largest Sandhill Crane statue

Menu for the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota,
June 2012

Look BelowUSA map showing location of North Dakota
Below are eight (8) sections of the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota. You may view them in any order you wish.

White Buffalo in Jamestown

Fargo, Walk of Fame,
The Woodchipper

Enchanted Highway

Big Oddities (this page)

Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park
and wildlife
- 2 pages

Rugby - Geographical Center
of North America

The Painted Canyon

The International Peace Garden

Look Below

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all six (6) sections above, please continue on to Wibaux - The Gateway to Montana, plus Makoshika State Park - The Badlands of eastern Montana.