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Salem Sue, New Salem

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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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  • You can see Sue for a few miles but it is worth the short stop off and drive up the dirt hill to see her. So when you are passing through stop off and say hello. 
    You can see Sue for a few miles but it is worth the short stop off and drive up the dirt hill to see her. So when you are passing through stop off and say hello.  more »
  • Definitely a fun attraction to see. Take the few minutes to drive up the hill and then walk up to see her. You'll be glad you did. Simple and fun 
    Definitely a fun attraction to see. Take the few minutes to drive up the hill and then walk up to see her. You'll be glad you did. Simple and fun  more »
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  • It's a short ride up a gravel road to the base of this roadside attraction. At 38' tall and 50' long, Salem Sue is considered to be the largest Holstein Cow and weighs approx. 12,000 lbs. While admissions are free, donations are graciously accepted at the bottom in a designated collection bin, which are used exclusively for the maintenance and upkeep of the statue.
  • Driving west you can see Sue from far away - it’s quite the sight to behold. Driving to the gravel road to Sue herself was simple (plus two great gas stations right before). Sue is enormous and has clearly gotten a recent paint job because she was beautiful. The visit only added a brief stop on the trip and was worth it.

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