Black Duck, the original.

Original Black Duck Statue

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Blackduck, Minnesota

Along a busy continuum of single statue villages, Blackduck offers three large statues to remind visitors that they at least slowed down here.

Duck #1

Downtown is the "Original Duck," which resembles a carved hunter's decoy. It's not actually the original -- this duck was built in 1942 to replace a less hardy statue. The duck measures 16 ft. long, crafted from cement, and sits on a pedestal on Main Street, next to the fire department.

Duck #2

The fiberglass duck in Wayside Park, south of town, is more realistic, with wings up, ready to take flight -- or as some have observed, finishing taking a dump. It's a sculptural product of F.A.S.T., donated in 1983 by the Blackduck Lions Club.

Duck #3

Black Duck statue.
Action figure black duck.

The third duck, a private enterprise effort, advertises the pleasures of the Drake Motel from a perch outside the aging motor court. It struck us as sad and lonely -- about five ft. long, made of paper mache and wood.

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Original Black Duck Statue

Address:
33 Margaret Ave. NE, Blackduck, MN
Directions:
Downtown, on Margaret Ave. NE, one block north of Summit Ave., between Main St. and 1st St. E.
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World's Largest Black Duck Statue

Address:
Frontage Rd, Blackduck, MN
Directions:
South side of town. In a little park at the corner of Summit and Frontage Rds, just east of US Hwy 71.
RA Rates:
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Black Duck - Drake Motel

Address:
172 Pine Ave. SW, Blackduck, MN
Directions:
South side of town, on the east side of US Hwy 71, along the Frontage Rd.
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