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Johnston, Iowa: Giant Pitchfork

41 feet tall, and ready to pitch some serious hay.

7301 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston, IA
In front of a Pioneer Hi-Bred building. From I-80/35 along the north side of Des Moines, take exit 131 and turn north on Merle Hay Rd. Continue north to NW 62nd Ave. and make a left and head west. The building will be on your right after a few miles, just before you get to the third roundabout. Reported as patrolled private property.
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Giant Pitchfork

We were so excited to see the giant pitchfork again, and we made our way to the building where it is located. We spent about five minutes taking our usual "normal" and "accidental stabbing" photos while laughing and having a great time. However, within a minute or two, security started circling and we were removed from the property. It is on private property and according to the security officer, "the new owner does not wish or allow non-employees to take photos on his property." I tried to explain that we had been enjoying this artifact for years and were just happy it was back in public. She said, "It's not public. It's private now."

So, just a note. If you want to see it, you have to go fast, after business hours, and be ready to explain yourself. They were relatively kind as they removed us from the property, but it was still majorly uncomfortable.

[Kara S. McCoy, 07/03/2015]


Giant Pitchfork

The Giant Pitchfork may be gone from Ames, but it didn't go far. It can now be found in front of a Pioneer Hi-Bred building in Johnston, about 35 miles south and slightly west of its former location.

[Mike W, 06/17/2014]
Giant Pitch Fork

I was there this last weekend checking out everything in the area. Much to my compatriots dismay, the Pitch Fork is no longer there. The Target is there as is a giant field, but no pitch fork. Unless we just missed it, but being 30 feet and all, I doubt that happened...

[Ashley Craig, 05/04/2013]

Clarence Martin, who built the 41-foot-tall pitch fork -- and ran the steel fabrication shop next door to it -- died in late 2009. He worked out of a railroad caboose, and, according to his obituary, was building a six-foot-long gold-plated ear of corn at the time of his death. He will be missed.

Pitchfork with holiday lights.

Giant Pitch Fork

And they light it up for the holidays!

[Mark, 05/11/2010]

Big pitchfork.

Giant Pitch Fork

A very large 5-tine pitch fork was constructed in 2003 by a local welder.

[Bill Diesslin, 05/04/2008]

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