Hog statue.

Monument to the Hog

Field review by the editors.

Dothan, Alabama

The Monument to the Hog looks west toward the highway from a break in the tree line. The business in the nearest building seemed abandoned, though an old railroad track under the overpass was still in operation. When we stopped, the porcine scrap metal sculpture was wrapped in strings of Christmas tree lights.

Artist Larry Godwin told us the story behind the hog, which he designed in 1967: "Our father, Bob Godwin, owned a feed mill serving 300 dealers in three states. His artist sons [Larry and Ronald] could make art better than they could make feed, so we focused on his marketing and promotion through large-scale sculptures."

The Godwin brothers used steel sheets welded to solid round rods contoured as a pig, 26 feet long and about 13 feet high, mounted on a trailer. The hog's head was motorized and moved side to side. The original sign on the sculpture read: "Going Whole Hog for Bob's Feeds."

Dothan claims to be the Peanut Capital of the World, and the Godwin brothers began to create large animal sculptures in conjunction with the annual Peanut Festival. This included a 28-foot-long animated catfish, with swishing tail, moving eyes, and flapping gills; and a 24-foot-long steel bull with a hammered aluminum surface.

The Godwins also sculpted the gilded peanut at the Dothan Tourist Welcome Center.

The pig was labeled "Emfinger Steel," apparently a previous employer; we are informed by tipster Jennifer Roberts that "The land was sold by Ginger Emfinger Lucas to W. R. Strickland from Birmingham, AL - Emfinger Steel is not associated with Mr. Strickland or any business that he owns." The current sponsor is a metal recycling business.

Monument to the Hog

Schnitzer Southeast

Address:
Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, AL
Directions:
Schnitzer Southeast. On the east side of Ross Clark Circle/US Hwy 41 beltway, just north of Hwy 52/Columbia Hwy, outside a scrap metal yard.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

More Quirky Attractions in Alabama

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Alabama.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

April 25, 2014

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Alabama Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

1964-65 New York World's Fair Attractions, Queens, New York (Apr 21-27, 2014)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Dothan, Alabama

Nightly rates found:

Find Hotels Near:

Book Online Now