Toledo, Iowa: Butter Cow Statue (Gone)

Late-1980s bronze cow and calf paid tribute to the butter cow sculpted every year at the Iowa State Fair. Destroyed by a freak storm in Aug. 2020.

On the west side of S. County Rd/US Hwy 63 just north of its intersection with US Hwy 30. Up on a hill, under a tree.

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Butter Cow Statue

The grounds around the Butter Cow Statue are a great place for an impromptu picnic. Or the Big T Restaurant is a nice little place to eat. They serve Maid-Rites.

[Russ & Annette, 07/02/2017]

Salute to the butter cows of Iowa.

Butter Cow Statue

Paying homage to the Butter Cow Lady, also known as Norma "Duffy" Lyon, Tama-Toledo, Iowa has constructed a bronze "Butter Cow" sculpture in her honor.

The bronze statue is under a beautiful large oak tree behind the local Big T restaurant. Pioneer Hybrids seed corn facility is behind the cow.

[Aaron Tomlinson, 07/24/2007]

The late Butter Cow Lady was born in Toledo. She sat in a cooler and sculpted a life-size 400-lb. butter cow for the Iowa State Fair every year until 2006. There's a display case dedicated to BCL at the town library on High St. We're not exactly sure how a bronze version conveys the fragility and creamy goodness of her work...

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