Monday, August 26, 2013

Rothsay, Minnesota: World's Largest Prairie Chicken

Tourist attractions are a little tough to find off Interstate 94 in Western Minnesota. It's mostly an agricultural area.

But Rothsay is definitely worth a stop, if only to see this sculpture in a park right off the road.

Prairie chickens have been known to wander around in this part of the world, although the habitat is shrinking. These make a sound that is called "booming" because it can be heard for quite long distances, so some call them "booming" prairie chickens.

In 1975, Rothsay became the "Prairie Chicken Capital of Minnesota." The community helped chip in some money, and Art Fosse built it. Nice job - unless you have to move the 9,000-pound object. Luckily, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. The chicken is too busy feasting on innocent visitors like the guy here.

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