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Starbuck, Minnesota: Big Hobo, Starbuck, Largest Lefse Sign

Famous "starbuck" deer fountain, hobo statue and plaque, and pride in once creating a 70-pound lefse flatbread are all part of this town's vaguely unsatisfying travelscape.

Main St., Starbuck, MN
Hobo: Main St., in Hobo Park. Starbuck: East 7th/Hwy 28, in front of the Minnewaska Home (park in the gas station across the street). Lefse: By the Depot on Main St.
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Hobo statue.

Big Hobo Statue

The Big Hobo Statue and historical marker recall the 1930s, when hundreds of Depression-era men rode the rails into town. By day they sought work or food from locals, by night they gathered at this location to sleep and cook. It was a rendezvous place for vagabonds and drifters who were down on their luck.

[Deb Miller Marschke, 08/20/2017]
Big Hobo, Starbuck, Largest Lefse Sign

Putting the town of Starbuck and these three features on Roadside America must be someone's idea of a joke. I did a tour of the Great Plains states with 15 pages of over 90 Roadside America sites to see, and this is the only one that left me standing there scratching my head, "I drove out here to see this?!" It is definitely NOT Worth a Detour.

[John & Sinbad the cat, 11/17/2012]
Celebration to Remember World's Largest Lefse

The world record lefse was baked during the Starbuck Centennial Celebration in 1983 by a group of Starbuck Lions. The 70 pound lefse had a diameter of 9 feet 8 inches and was baked. Currently, Starbuck holds the Lefse Dagen celebration to commemorate the record setting occasion.

[Theresa, 12/06/2007]

Hobo Statue.

Hobo, Starbuck, and don't forget the Lefse!

There is a Starbuck and Hobo in Starbuck, MN. By the Hobo there is some sort of giant cooking pot like you would have over the fire for meals I suppose -- that giant hobo's gotta eat, right? But also not to be missed in Starbuck is the "lefse." Unfortunately, there is no fiberglass commemorative statue, just a giant sign that can be easily missed if not paying attention. In July of 83' apparently they made the World's Largest Piece of Lefse and the sign shows a picture of this process.

[Holly Diestler, 04/27/2006]

Deer fountain.

Fountain with a Buck

Starbuck - Fountain with a Buck leaping over a star, Giant Hobo Statue to mark HOBO PARK (where Hobo's used to sleep, now for RV's)

[Rachel Bowland, 01/24/1998]

April 2006 - Photo added.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Tiny ChurchTiny Church, Long Beach, MN - 4 mi.
Toaster TreeToaster Tree, Sedan, MN - 14 mi.
Runestone MuseumRunestone Museum, Alexandria, MN - 21 mi.
In the region:
Limo Buried Hood-First in a Field, West Union, MN - 25 mi.

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