Quality Midwest Roadside: Wisconsin’s Famous Pinkie the Elephant
Next time you're in Madison, Wisconsin, take a 25-minute drive north to DeForest, WI to see the world's largest pink elephant, Pinkie!
Pinkie the Giant Pink Elephant?
How do you find this stuff, James? I'm a long-time fan of Ferris Beuller, that's how! LOL. Most of the time I just luck into it. Like Pinkie, I was doing a story about a guy that fell into a cement mixer in a small town north of Madison, and, lo and behold, just a stone's throw away, was a GIANT PINK ELEPHANT!
Tell Me About Pinkie the Giant Elephant
When you're on I-39/90/94, look for exit 126. You could use your GPS, but take the exit, look around for a giant pink elephant Kind of a landmark in those parts. Boom. Selfie time!
Right near a gas station, Pinkie's been hanging out since the 1960s, literally as a way to get more customers to the gas station. So, go in, pee, buy something (they have Pinkie Merch!), say thanks, and get on your way, ya scamps!
Things 2 No: No selfie stick needed, they have selfie stuff set up for you!
Where Do People Get These Giant Things?
I have wondered that for a long long time, but have been too lazy to look it up myself. Come to find out, I wasn't meant to look it up, it came to me. Looking into Pinkie, I found an awesome road-trip video about Pinkie and the maker of many big roadside things.
Pinkie Was Made By A Sparta Wisconsin Company.
PS - Kudos Let's Go Road Trippin', great video!
PSS - According to 608today, Pinkie has siblings and niblings across the midwest,
Originally produced for Arco Gas Stations, Pinkie look-alikes can be found at car washes, antique malls, and other spots around Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.
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