Chatty Belle and the pavilion.

Chatty Belle, Talking Cow

Field review by the editors.

Neillsville, Wisconsin

Whether or not Chatty Belle still talks is a matter of some debate (we've received reports from both sides). But there's no denying that for years, those who traveled to Neillsville (fourth in the state in milk production), and who dropped a quarter in the coin box next to Chatty, would get a pro-dairy lecture in a soothing woman's voice. Chatty revealed that she was seven times as large as the average Holstein, that a cow her size would produce over 270 pounds of milk a day, and that your best food value lies in one hundred percent natural Wisconsin Dairy cheeses.

But Chatty also talked of Bullet, her nearby mute baby son (another fiberglass statue) and Bullet has been gone since 2003 -- reportedly packed away after being attacked by vandals. The loss of Bullet also removed an important visual reference, as he was the size of a normal Holstein.

Positioned next to Chatty at one time was "The Golden Giant," more commonly known as the World's Largest Replica Cheese. It weighed over 17 tons and was displayed in its own custom glass-sided refrigerated tractor-trailer. But it vanished in 2005; sold to a collector who reportedly only wanted the truck.

So... Chatty may no longer talk because some of the things she talks about are no longer around.

One thing that is still here to keep Chatty company is the futurrific Wisconsin Pavilion from the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It now serves as the broadcasting center for WCCN radio, and it has a gift shop that sells post cards and cheese.

Also see: Cow-lossus of Roads | 1964-65 New York World's Fair

Chatty Belle, Talking Cow

Address:
1201 Division St., Neillsville, WI
Directions:
Just east of town on US 10 (Division St.).
Phone:
715-743-3333
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