Big Bull on a Pylon, Dedicated by Ike

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Kansas City, Missouri

Never underestimate the power of the beef business. In 1953 the American Hereford Association erected a big bull on a pylon, lit from within at night, in front of its new headquarters building overlooking the Kansas City stockyards. And it somehow convinced President Eisenhower to come to town to dedicate the bovine. It's perhaps the only giant fiberglass creature ever blessed by a sitting President.

We know about Ike because a plaque honoring the dedication is still mounted on the pylon at W. 11th and Jefferson Sts -- even though the bull is gone. It vanished into storage when new owners moved into the building, but public outcry forced its return. It now stands atop a new pylon, only a couple of blocks south of its old spot, where it does double duty as both a civic symbol and a cell phone tower.

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Big Bull on a Pylon, Dedicated by Ike

1300 Summit St., Kansas City, MO
In Mulkey Square Park, just north of the FBI building. I-35 exits 1C or 1D. Drive west two blocks to Summit St., then turn right. Drive north, cross over the freeway, and park in the lot when the street ends.
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