Big BessieWorld's Largest Holstein Cow, New Salem, ND

World's Largest Holstein Cow sketch by Chandler O'Leary

You might remember Salem Sue—she was the first sketch I ever posted on this blog. I have a deep fondness for just about any roadside attraction, but I might just love Sue best of all.

World's Largest Holstein Cow sketch by Chandler O'Leary

It’s not just that she’s freakishly realistic (just out of frame of this sketch: the big scary veins on her udder), and at 38 x 50 feet, absolutely huge. There’s also something about her location, perched on a butte, with an endless plain stretching below her in every direction. It’s impossible to be that big and not have some serious presence.

World's Largest Holstein Cow sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Probably what I love best of all, though, is that Salem Sue looks great from every angle—from far below, close-to, underfoot, and even from above. The residents of New Salem seem to know this, and have made it easy to get up there and reach her.

World's Largest Holstein Cow sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Good thing I had plenty of pages left in my sketchbook.

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