Two Harbors, Minnesota: Large Rooster

It was once snatched by vandals and thrown off a bridge.

Weldon's Gifts

1065 Hwy 61 E., Two Harbors, MN
Weldon's Gifts. On the north side of Hwy 61 E., on the west edge of town.
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Big Rooster.

Large Rooster

Weldon's and the rooster has watched over this stretch of Highway 61 for over forty years. One day, back in the 1960s, a salesman pulled up to the gift shop towing a trailer full of fiberglass animals. There was a bear, a dinosaur, a horse, and a chicken. The chicken caught Weldon's eye.

"With that, people won't drive by and say, 'Look at the chicken," he says. "They'll drive by and say, 'Hey, look at the CHICKEN.' And it worked."

People from all over the world know the chicken. Weldon Johnson has had mail delivered to him with the simple address: Rooster Gift Shop, Two Harbors, Minnesota.

[Andrew Saur, 05/29/2007]

The famous rooster is about ten feet tall, once snatched by vandals and thrown off a bridge. But wait, this wandering salesman story intrigues us. The Johnny Appleseed of fiberglass statuedom...

Fiberglass rooster thrown off bridge; recovered

An 8-ft. tall fiberglass rooster, a landmark in Two Harbors, MN for 40 years, was found smashed on the rocks below a bridge in Duluth.... [04/26/2003] Complete News Story

10-12ft rooster

On 35W North leading from Duluth, MN into Two Harbors, MN stands a 10-12ft rooster, not that impressive until one remembers the story about the graduating class who stole the rooster one year. The headline for the newspaper the next day read "12 foot cock stolen".

[Nina Hale, 05/03/1997]

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