Marietta, Georgia: The Big Chicken Team Field Report

12 Cobb Pkwy N., Marietta, GA
I-75 Exit 263. Drive west on Hwy 120/South Marietta Pkwy SE fir three-quarters of a mile. Bear right onto Cobb Pkwy. Drive north three-quarters of a mile. You'll see the chicken on the right.
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Big Chicken.

The Big Chicken

With a moving beak and eyes, it's a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant sign. Souvenirs available. Report... [05/17/2015]

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The Big Chicken

Looks like the chicken has had another makeover. He now features a portrait of the Colonial, but no Pepsi logo. The eyes still move and the mouth opens and closes. He also has his own radio station (820 AM). It's kitschy and corny but also a lot of fun.

[Krista M, 07/14/2017]

The Big Chicken was closed from January to May 2017 for a facelift and interior remodeling of its exhibits.

Big Chicken.

The Big Chicken

We were not prepared for the sheer enormity of the sign. No wonder the Big Chicken has been used as a directional landmark for decades! KFC is back as caretakers of The Chicken, dwarfing would-be competitors Church's and Chick Fil A nearby.

[J Nichols, 11/28/2010]
The Big Chicken

Growing up in Marietta/Cobb County, the locals always described directions in colloquial terms. My favorite was "Take Roswell Road to the Big Chicken' and turn Left on the 'Four Lane'." Translation: Find the KFC Chicken on the Northeast Corner of US-41. Later, the highway was named the "Cobb Parkway," but anyone who lived in Cobb County referred to it as either "Forty-one" or the "Four Lane Highway." Prior to the completion of I-75 in the mid 1970s, traffic exited onto "Forty-one" just north of the Big Chicken and proceeded north past Cartersville, GA.

I recall KFC selling a lot of chicken to both travelers and locals when the traffic was a lot heavier.

[C. A. Miller, 05/03/2007]
The Big Chicken

You can't really understand the place of the Big Chicken in the lore of greater metropolitan Atlanta without knowing its unique role in giving directions to just about any place between Savannah and Chattanooga. "Go out past the Big Chicken," "Make like you're going to the Big Chicken, but you turn off before it," "If you pass the Big Chicken, you've gone too far." I've been given directions that involved going to the Big Chicken and then _turning around_ and coming back a little ways, and, my personal favorite: "Turn right off the exit ramp -- if you turn left you'll go to the Big Chicken. Don't go that way." We got lost, and found our way back on course by -- how else? -- swinging by the Big Chicken and figuring out which way we should have gone.

[Craig Bryant, 04/30/2004]

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