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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. 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 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 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.
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  • We are glad we stopped here -- interesting attraction, phenomenal view. You have to drive up the hill to get to the base of the cow (about 1 -2 miles) -- but what a commanding view of the surrounding ...  read more »
  • Nice drive from Bismarck about 30 minutes, small donation requested for up keep, gravel road to the top and a slight climb on a sidewalk to get up to Sue, great views all around 
  • My friend and I stopped on our way from the Teddy Roosevelt Nat'l park back to Bismarck and it was a fun little stop and we had a good laugh as we took photos. There's a sign at the top explaining why...  read more »
  • 35ft high, 50ft long cow! Pretty freaking cool roadside attraction!!! It's less than 5min off I-94 and totally worth a quick stop!
  • My kids liked this place. Very nice scenic places from the hill.
  • Great view. Go Holsteins! Passing through from canton oh
  • "Enjoy the view, from Salem Sue!" Thanks, Salem Sue. I definitely did!
  • Roadside Americana at its best. Go up to Salem Sue for the kitsch factor, and stay a while for the stunning views.
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