Sheboygan, Wisconsin: America's Tallest Flagpole

Ben Salzmann, CEO of the Acuity Insurance Co., has been building giant flagpoles on his company property for years, and they keep falling down. The latest: a 400-foot-tall mega-pole, dedicated on June 16, 2014.
Address:
2800 S. Taylor Drive, Sheboygan, WI
Directions:
I-43 exit 123. Drive east on Hwy 28/Washington Ave., then make quick left at first stoplight onto S. Taylor Drive. Drive north three-quarters of a mile. When you see a barn on the right, turn left into the Acuity parking lots. Bear right and you'll see the flagpole ahead.
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America's Tallest Flagpole

Mostly worth it for the drive there. It's so large, it's kind of an optical illusion from certain angles/distances. Nice to see insurance company profits used wisely.

[Heidi, 10/03/2017]

America's Tallest Flagpole.

Nation's Largest Flagpole

When driving along Interstate 43 in Sheboygan you can't miss the largest flagpole in the U.S. The pole is 400 feet high and 11 feet in diameter. The flag is 120 x 60 feet.

[David, 08/29/2014]
America's Tallest Flagpole

Erected by the Acuity Insurance Co. Almost 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. The 400-foot-tall flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds. It flies two versions of a 60x120-foot American flag, one weighing 220 pounds during nice weather, another weighing 350 pounds during harsh weather. Each star is three feet high and each stripe is 4.5 feet wide. 680 cubic yards of concrete were used to anchor the pole, which is covered in over 500 gallons of paint. Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration, and the pole is designed to withstand temperatures as low as -42 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a memorial at the base of the flagpole.

[sara wauters, 06/29/2014]
Largest American Flag

Unfortunately the Largest American Flag that could be seen from I-43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, WI, outside Acuity Insurance, has been taken down. They were enhancing the base and had problems with it swaying too much. It is unknown when or it it will be rebuilt.

[Shirley, 07/22/2008]

This project has been a nightmare for its insurance company sponsor. The first flagpole crashed in a windstorm in 2004. A replacement went up in 2005 but was taken down in 2007 when it began buckling. The last version went up in April 2008 and was dismantled three days later when a video on YouTube showed it flailing in the wind.

Largest American Flag

Sheboygan is located between Milwaukee and Green Bay on I-43 with beautiful views of Lake Michigan behind it. Visible from the interstate, outside Acuity Insurance (which has architecture and large suspended glass balls worth viewing), is the country's largest American Flag Pole (338 ft, 6 ft wide at its base). Atop it is a 300-pound flag measuring 60x120 feet that features 3-foot-wide stars and 4.5-foot-high stripes, It is visible for miles and miles and was erected a few years ago.

The first one (at only half this one's size) fell, missing the road, and it was rebuilt in 2005 and is amazing to see! Every time we pass it, we are awestruck at its beauty.

[Kate Marshall, 06/22/2007]

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