Spokane, Washington: Garbage Eating Goat

A municipal mechanism, resembling a goat, that makes quick work of paper trash and litter. Built for the 1974 Spokane World's Fair; its theme was ecology.

Riverfront Park

Address:
W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA
Directions:
Riverfront Park. On the north side of W. Spokane Falls Blvd, just west of N. Stevens St. and just east of the carousel.
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Garbage Eating Goat. Garbage Eating Goat

A very unusual item. A garbage eating goat -- and it really works. You push the button on the wall and it starts the vacuum. You put the piece of paper under its mouth and it sucks it up.

[Connie from Seattle, 08/20/2013]

We spoke with Spokane's Parks Dept. and they confirmed that the goat only eats paper trash and litter. Cans, cups, and bottles will clog the goat, forcing it to shut off. And don't feed cigarette butts to the goat; that can set its innards on fire.

Garbage-Eating Goat. Garbage Eating Goat

It was a cool statue but it wasn't working when we were there. I don't know if it was clogged or what, but it was a little disappointing. However, it's in the same park as the Giant Red Wagon (which was cool). There's also an indoor merry-go-round that we decided to take a spin on while we were there.

[Juice, 12/29/2012]

The Decline of American Cities: first, the garbage-eating goats break down...

Garbage Eating Goat - Weak Vacuum

Goat still at park, but vacuuming action was very weak. Still, worth a stop by.

[houstonlaura, 06/27/2009]
Garbage-eating goat. Garbage-Eating Goat

While you have a description of the garbage-eating goat [statue], it is worthwhile noting that not only is that not the only attraction in Riverfront Park, it's not even the only goat. There used to be a total of five goats around the park, including a live one in a petting zoo. The petting zoo has closed, and one goat was on a plaque or somesuch and I was unable to locate it on my recent trip. That leaves three: the garbage-eating one behind the Looff Carrousel (spelled with two Rs, as Looff preferred), one along a river stairway next to the YMCA below the trestle bridge, and one above Canada Island, which had been in the river bed. Sadly, we were unable to pinpoint the location of the last; it may have been swept away by flood-driven debris.

In addition to the Loof Carrousel, there is a new open fountain at the cityside entrance to the park, sculpted by the same artist who has done numerous other pieces around the park, including the floating metal sculpture. There is also the Little Red Wagon, an oversized play sculpture near some giant children's blocks.

[Bernadette Durbin, 09/30/2006]
Garbage Eating Goat. Garbage Eating Goat

Was here this past Saturday. The goat is still here, but it wasn't sucking up any garbage. It was still pretty cool.

[Casey, 03/25/2006]

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