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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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  • Nice stop just to stretch your legs and get the kids out of the car for 10 minutes. Great photo opportunity. Cenex gas station off same exit so nice stop for photos and gas.  more »
  • Spend 15-20 minutes and duck off the freeway to go see Sue. She’s quite impressive and the views from the hill are quite pretty. Free, but there is a donation bucket for her upkeep. The road up is...  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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