The rough real estate market appears to have dampened the prospects for the former World’s Largest Rocking Chair. Since 1990 the Chair has been a reason to visit Penrose, Colorado — even during the past two years, when the formerly sit-able rocker has been off-limits in a weedy patch behind a barbed wire fence.
At one time the Chair enticed visitors to Doxey’s Apple Shed. But the Doxeys retired and closed the business, and owner Tom Doxey, according to an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette, declines to sell the Chair unless the purchaser also buys all ten surrounding acres and buildings. He’s quoted in the article as saying he received offers for the Chair “all the time,” but would not sell it separately. His current asking price for the property? $750,000. That’s an awful lot to pay if you only want the chair, even the world’s largest.
Which it is not.
A much larger World’s Largest Rocking Chair has just been unveiled in Deadwood, South Dakota. It’s 13 feet taller than Tom’s, with 100 square feet more sitting space. Tom’s chair is chairier-looking, and it would make a fine attraction wherever it ends up. But it isn’t the largest any more.
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