Traverse City, Michigan: Grave: Cow of the Insane Team Field Report

Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

1490 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI
Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. Southwest of downtown. From US-31/S. Division St. turn west at the stoplight onto MI-633/Silver Lake Rd. Drive a half-mile. Turn right at the stoplight onto Silver Drive, then quickly make a left at the Historic Barns Park sign. Drive about 100 yards. You'll see the tombstone on the right, underneath a tree.
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Cow of the Insane.

Grave: Cow of the Insane

Traverse Colantha Walker was a grand champion milk cow. You can visit her grave, marked with a big tombstone, on the property of the insane asylum where she was raised. Report...

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Cow grave.

World Champion Cow of the Insane

It appears that quite a bit of development has occurred since the directions were last posted. The gravestone is actually on Red Drive, not Silver Drive.

[Lydia, 07/14/2017]
World Champion Cow of the Insane

There is some new signage that makes this harder to find. There are several signs -- "School Traffic Only," "Detour," and "Road Closed" -- as you turn right on the dirt and gravel path.

[Sharon Folts, 08/09/2012]

Sounds like the property owners want to discourage vehicle traffic from non-official people, like fans of the World Champion Cow of the Insane. It's a relatively short walk up the dirt road to the grave.

World Champion Milk Cow of the Insane grave.

World Champion Cow of the Insane

It appears that the barn area has turned into some sort of school gardening compound, but the grave is still intact when entering from the dirt road.

[Kait, 06/17/2012]

Colantha and mini-Colantha of the Id.

World Champion Cow of the Insane - Festival

In honor of Traverse Colantha Walker's great accomplishments, we are throwing an annual festival in her honor:

Sunday, June 13, 2010 (10am-7pm) Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival!

We invite you to be part of the 1st TC Walker Dairy Festival, in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Indulge in our Pancake Breakfast and Grilled Cheese Grill-off, stroll the Farmers Market, and the Avenue of Food and Art Vendors, participate in the Parade to Colantha's grave site at the historic barns...and much more!

This is a family friendly event, with live music and free activities for all ages scheduled throughout the day. 806 Red Drive (behind Building 50).

[Kristen Messner, 05/27/2010]

Is that a tiny Colantha delusion, or the milk of human madness?

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