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.

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Big Cow and Calf

I can shed more light on the big cow and calf in front of the Anderson Erickson dairy in Des Moines. The bovines go back to the 1960s and are named Annie and Eric, obviously derived from the names of their sponsor. Not surprisingly, they have been used in periodic advertising campaigns for the dairy and its products.

I also can relate a story about a longtime desire to have a picture taken of myself perched atop the calf, the back of which is approximately 10 feet high. With the help of some friends and a borrowed ladder, I almost succeeded in 1982. However, our nighttime escapade was interrupted by the police, who apparently had been alerted by a passing driver. It was only with a great deal of explanation and a solemn promise never to attempt such a stunt again that I managed not to be taken into custody.

[Bill Pierce, 05/22/2006]
Big Cow

The Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines, Iowa, has a GIANT COW AND CALF in front of their building.

[Steven, 08/12/1998]

An earlier tip claims the cow is 20 feet tall. See other Big Bovines. October 2007: "Annie" and "Eric" were the victims of a hit-and-run driver: Eric was torn out of the ground and dragged several blocks and Annie had one of her forelegs damaged. Eric is a goner, and Dairy officials say that they plan to replace him.

Big City Cow and Calf

Anderson Erickson Dairy

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