Wheaton, Minnesota: Big MallardStylized mallard depiction has been here since 1950. Statue is strikingly painted with not-exactly-regulation red breast.
- US Hwy 75, Wheaton, MN
- West Union Feeds. On the southeast edge of town, on the west side of US Hwy 75, just south of its junction with Hwy 27.
Visitor Tips and News About Big Mallard
In honor of Wheaton's 125th anniversary, the World's Largest Mallard was given a fresh look![City of Wheaton, 11/05/2012]
The big duck itself has been around for over 50 years. For Wheaton's 250th anniversary we expect the Mallard to be freshened with 5-D quantum lacquer.
I live in Wheaton, MN only about 1/4 mile from the Big Mallard. The following description of the Big Mallard came from the "1887-1987 Wheaton, MN Centennial History" book.
"The large mallard located along Highway 75 on the south side of Wheaton was constructed in 1960 to proclaim the 'Land O' Ducks' theme for the Wheaton area. The project was spearheaded and designed by Robert Bruns, at that time a teacher in the Wheaton school system.
"Set on a circular concrete base, the mallard was constructed by Elmer Olson, a local contractor. It was constructed of concrete and steel and stands more than twenty feet high. Originally actual rushes were planted within the base, but did not survive outside their natural habitat."[Jon, 01/07/2008]
In Wheaton, in around 1950, the town erected a large concrete duck. It was built by the same man who latter built other concrete attractions. It was one of the earlier attractions of its type.[Darcy, 09/25/1999]