Johnston, Iowa: Giant Pitchfork

41 feet tall, and ready to pitch some serious hay.
7301 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston, IA
In front of a Pioneer Hi-Bred building. From I-80/35 along the north side of Des Moines, take exit 131 and turn north on Merle Hay Rd. Continue north to NW 62nd Ave. and make a left and head west. The building will be on your right after a few miles, just before you get to the third roundabout.
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Pitchfork. Giant Pitchfork

The Giant Pitchfork may be gone from Ames, but it didn't go far. It can now be found in front of a Pioneer Hi-Bred building in Johnston, about 35 miles south and slightly west of its former location.

[Mike W, 06/17/2014]
Giant Pitch Fork

I was there this last weekend checking out everything in the area. Much to my compatriots dismay, the Pitch Fork is no longer there. The Target is there as is a giant field, but no pitch fork. Unless we just missed it, but being 30 feet and all, I doubt that happened...

[Ashley Craig, 05/04/2013]

Clarence Martin, who built the 41-foot-tall pitch fork -- and ran the steel fabrication shop next door to it -- died in late 2009. He worked out of a railroad caboose, and, according to his obituary, was building a six-foot-long gold-plated ear of corn at the time of his death. He will be missed.

Pitchfork with holiday lights. Giant Pitch Fork

And they light it up for the holidays!

[Mark, 05/11/2010]
Big pitchfork. Giant Pitch Fork

A very large 5-tine pitch fork was constructed in 2003 by a local welder.

[Bill Diesslin, 05/04/2008]

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