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Des Moines, Iowa: Big City Cow and Calf

Fiberglass statue mascots of the Anderson Erickson Dairy. The calf is the size of a full-grown cow.

Anderson Erickson Dairy

2420 E. University Ave., Des Moines, IA
Anderson Erickson Dairy. At the intersection of University and Hubbell.
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Cow and calf.

Big City Cow and Calf

These festive bovine stand strong through all types of weather and are always dressed for the holiday. More of a local staple than a roadside attraction. If you're getting off the highway to eat or go to the sculpture garden, it's worth driving by but, probably not a typical tripper's standalone oddity.

[Beckey, 07/03/2015]

Two cow heads.

Big Cow and Calf

I visited the Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines to see the Big Cow and Calf. They are doing well standing on the corner of E. University and Hubbell. However when approaching from the east the Dairy has a couple of cow heads mounted on the wall. At first I thought this was what I was looking for and took this image. Then when driving out I spotted Annie and Eric right on the corner.

[Jim Hejl, 08/03/2011]
Big Cow and Calf

Someone hit the little cow [with a car] and it's temporarily not being displayed. They took it down after they hit it.

[sheila, 02/21/2008]

May 2008: Tipster Mike reports "Andy the little calf has been repaired and now is back on display."

Big Cow and Calf

Someone took off with Eric the calf, in the process damaging the cow Annie's leg. Eric has been found, but has been damaged beyond repair. Annie's leg has been bandaged and a memorial cross marks where Eric used to be. According to the Des Moines Register, Eric will have to be put down.

[Michael Baker, 10/21/2007]

Dec 3, 2007: Michael Baker let us know "The Anderson Erickson cow and calf that were knocked over back in October have been repaired."

Cow statues.

Giant Cow Statues

Anderson Erickson is a local Dairy. They have two large cow statues in front of the building. I remember them as a kid, so they must be 40+ years old.

[Shari Buehler, 12/07/2006]

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