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Salem Sue, New Salem

Salem Sue is a large fiberglass Holstein cow sculpture located in New Salem, North Dakota, United States. Salem Sue was built in 1974 for $40,000. The project was sponsored by the New Salem Lions Club in honor of the local dairy farming industry. The statue stands 38 feet high and is 50 feet long. It sits on School Hill near Interstate 94 off exit 127 S and can be viewed for several miles.
Salem Sue was the second giant roadside animal sculpture built in North Dakota.
A road leads up to the base of the statue, where one may view the surrounding terrain for a distance of several miles.
A brochure available at the nearby gas station contains the "Ballad of the Holstein" to the tune of "Joy to the World":
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  • Exit 127 (on I-94) to see Salem Sue - The World’s Largest Holstein Cow can be seen from mikes away, even in a rainy day She stands at 38 feet tall. She’s been there since 1974 looking over the hay fie...  more »
  • We were headed to Montana on I94 and were on our way to the Enchanted Highway when we saw this monster standing on a hill in New Salem. You can see it from the interstate from a ways off so you have t...  more »
  • Loved Salem Sue! If you have ANY sort of trailer-camper, boat, etc. DO NOT drive up to the statue, park at the bottom and walk. It is a very small parking area and there is NO room to turn a trailer especially if other cars are parked up there! It’s a fun little stop on a long road trip across North Dakota and bring some spare change to throw in the donation bucket on the way out!
  • Impressive! Visible from quite a distance away. When we were there there were fields of sunflowers for Salem Sue's view!! We loved the photo op stop!!

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