Friday, June 26, 2009

Seen Along the Road: Harmilda and the Giant

From Harvard, IL:

Meet Harmilda, the large bovine ambassador for Harvard Milk Day (as I was taking this picture, a lady in a mini-van pulled over for no reason other than to tell me the cow's name. The town seems to be freakishly proud of Harmilda).

From Blue Earth, MN:

As alluring as Harmilda might be, she can't compare with the Jolly Green Giant, a major source of pride for Blue Earth, MN. The city of Blue Earth is named for the river of the same name, which is named after the bluish clay on its banks. Blue Earth has a second claim to fame, however: in 1978 the city painted a "gold stripe" (it really looks eerily similar to yellow paint) on I-90 to memorialize the point where the last few miles of the highway were paved, just as the golden spike in Promontory Summit, Utah symbolized the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Instead of two trains meeting at the spike, Blue Earth proudly celebrated this milestone with the historic meeting at the stripe of two Minnesota National Guard trucks. You just can't make this stuff up.

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