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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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  • Who doesn't want their picture by a giant cow? Salem Sue can be seen from I-94 and is an easy drive up a gravel road (it's free to visit!). You can also climb the path up the hill behind Sue and get a...  more »
  • breath taking view and very good photo stop wonderful place definitely would recommend secluded with a hiking trail  more »
  • It's just a cow, but it's a cool break 2 minutes away from the highway and you get a nice view over the town and the prairies.
  • What a wonderful place to visit. I've seen this from the interstate many, many times and this time I finally went up the hill to see the "cow" up close. It was well worth the time! The view is amazing and it is a wonderful place to stop and enjoy the peace and quiet, and eat your lunch. Salem Sue is every inch as big as she looks. A great landmark, well kept, and not commercialized. A free will donation suffices to keep Sue in good shape. Take the time to visit Sue if you are in the neighborhood. I wish I had done so years ago. I won't pass her by next time.
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