Traverse City, Michigan: World Champion Cow of the Insane
- Silver Drive, Traverse City, MI
- US Hwy 31 north into town. Left at the rock pyramid onto 11th St. Cross Elmwood Ave. onto the former Asylum grounds, then keep bearing left. The road (Silver Drive) turns into a dirt road, then bends to the right. The grave is at the intersection of this dirt road and another dirt road, near the two dairy barns, under a tree.
Traverse Colantha Walker was a grand champion milk cow. You can visit her grave, marked with a big tombstone, on the property of the insane asylum where she was raised. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About World Champion Cow of the Insane
There is some new signage that makes this harder to find. There are several signs -- "School Traffic Only," "Detour," and "Road Closed" -- as you turn right on the dirt and gravel path.[Sharon Folts, 08/09/2012]
Sounds like the property owners want to discourage vehicle traffic from non-official people, like fans of the World Champion Cow of the Insane. It's a relatively short walk up the dirt road to the grave.
It appears that the barn area has turned into some sort of school gardening compound, but the grave is still intact when entering from the dirt road.[Kait, 06/17/2012]
In honor of Traverse Colantha Walker's great accomplishments, we are throwing an annual festival in her honor:
Sunday, June 13, 2010 (10am-7pm) Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival!
We invite you to be part of the 1st TC Walker Dairy Festival, in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Indulge in our Pancake Breakfast and Grilled Cheese Grill-off, stroll the Farmers Market, and the Avenue of Food and Art Vendors, participate in the Parade to Colantha's grave site at the historic barns...and much more!
This is a family friendly event, with live music and free activities for all ages scheduled throughout the day. 806 Red Drive (behind Building 50).[Kristen Messner, 05/27/2010]
Is that a tiny Colantha delusion, or the milk of human madness?
The grave of world champion cow, Calantha, is now a part of a 26-acre botanic garden, which is located inside a 56-acre new park - the Historic Barns Park. The botanic garden -- and the larger park -- will protect not only Calantha's grave, but the meadows, hills and wetlands of this lovely area.
Calantha doesn't have to roll over in her grave - her barn and farmland and woodlands are now protected for the future.[Karen, 01/27/2010]