America's Little Mermaid.

Little Mermaid

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Kimballton, Iowa

Since 1913, the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen harbor has been one of Denmark's most popular tourist attractions. The American town of Kimballton celebrates its Danish roots with this full size replica. Which isn't saying much, since the real Little Mermaid is, well . . . little.

Promoted as a "Little Bit of Denmark," the statue is in Mermaid Park, next to a half-sized replica windmill.

The Little Mermaid of Kimballton was sculpted out of fiberglass by a pair of California college students, and was installed in town in 1978. Even though she was moved indoors every winter, the elements took their toll. In late 2006, there were plans afoot to renovate the statue, which was a tad battered looking...

Update - July 2008: The Little Mermaid has been recast in bronze, and will now be visible all year long. She was rededicated, along with Mermaid Park's new fountain and landscaping, at the town's 125th anniversary celebration in June.

Little Mermaid

Mermaid Park

Address:
310 N. Main St., Kimballton, IA
Directions:
Mermaid Park. On the east side of N. Main St. just south of Hwy 44.
Phone:
712-764-4343
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