Visiting Albert the Bull has been on my road trip list for months now. But before this weekend I’d never found myself near Audobon with some time to explore. So on Sunday we packed a tiny picnic and headed to northwest Iowa for a photo op with the World’s Largest Bull.
Albert weighs in at 45 tons and has a horn-span of 15 feet, towering 30 feet above the rural Iowa landscape. He’s an authentic Hereford replica—apparently right down to his toenails—and it took 65 gallons of paint to cover his hide.
The idea of Albert was first broached in 1961, but it wasn’t until 1963 that the Audobon Junior Chamber of Commerce was formed and the ideas was revisited. Albert was constructed in conjunction with Operation T-Bone to promote the area’s thriving beef industry and serve as a tourist attraction for the region. Now more than 20,000 people stop to visit Albert every year, and Operation T-bone—a promotion of local beef started by Albert’s namesake (a local bank president)—is celebrated in Audobon on the first Saturday of every August.
Travel trivia: Albert has had his share of the limelight. He appears in the movie “Beethoven’s 3rd” and was mentioned on both “Jeopardy” and “The West Wing.”
Albert the Bull, Albert the Bull Park in Audobon, Iowa