Salem Sue

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Salem Sue, stands along I-94 in New Salem, 30 miles west of Bismarck, North Dakota.[1]

Salem Sue (or The World's Largest Holstein Cow) is a large fiberglass Holstein cow sculpture located in New Salem, North Dakota. 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.[1]

Salem Sue was the second giant roadside animal sculpture built in North Dakota.

A road leads up to the base of Sue. From there you will be able to view the terrain for many miles.

A brochure available at the nearby gas station contains the "Ballad of the Holstein" to the tune of "Joy to the World":

Recording artist Mylo Hatzenbuhler (alter ego of Clyde Bauman) recorded a song entitled The Ballad of New Salem, a parody set to the tune of El Paso that tells the story of a man falling in love with "a big metal cow" - Salem Sue.


  1. ^ a b Fifer, Barbara; Vicky Soderberg; Joseph Mussulman (2002). Along the trail with Lewis and Clark. Farcountry Press. p. 185. ISBN 1-56037-188-9. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 

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Coordinates: 46°51′10″N 101°25′34″W / 46.85278°N 101.42611°W / 46.85278; -101.42611