Largest Viking In The Land

“Big Ole”
The Largest Viking In The Land
Alexandria, Minnesota
submitted by “Solarwing” (Frank)

Frank says:
I came by “Big Ole” in Alexandria, Minnesota. My grandson had watched a National Geographic show about the Kensington Runestone and wanted to see it. Big Ole was across the street from the Runestone Museum.

wendyvee says:
Though I have some great big love for King Neptune in Virginia Beach …. “Big Ole” gives the King a run for his money at being my favorite “big guy” on the site! 🙂

28 feet tall and weighing-in at 4 tons, Big Ole was built for the Minnesota Pavilion at the 1965 World’s Fair in New York.

Ole has been through a lot in his 40 + decades. In 1967, he survived a flaming arrow that hit a Santa costume he was wearing; and in later decades he narrowly escaped wind, ice, and snow storms. Visit Alexandria’s Big Ole History page to read all about him!

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16 Responses to “Largest Viking In The Land”

  1. Kristen says:

    I love this! I wish we had something like this in my town! 🙂 I’m from the follow me swap @ swap-bot!


  2. Amanda says:

    LOVE IT!

  3. Gunnar says:

    Being named Gunnar means I have to appreciate this, and I do.

  4. Patty says:

    I happen to be from Minnesota and have seen this viking up close and personal! Wahoo!

    There’s another cool mascot I like, he’s called Rocky Taconite, he’s up in Silver Bay on the north shore. If you’re interested, just google it. I’m sure there’s a lot to see about it!

    I’ll be back to read your blog, there is a lot of fun stuff here!! I love this! I’ve got you on my blog as a link so I can come back and see more. 🙂

    • wendyvee says:

      Thanks, Patty!
      I just looked-up Rocky. He’s cute!

      I have a Mid-West route planned for (hopefully) next summer. I want to get the St. Urho statue … he looks pretty cool!

  5. Angela says:

    Wolfeagle says: These are great. I can’t wait to send you some photos of Roadside Wonders from my next trip.

  6. Zoe says:

    this is funny, I’ll have to check it out if I”m ever in Minnesota!

  7. Lisa says:

    Well, where did my evening go?

    I’ve seen a giant Viking, whales’ tails, a gorilla named after one of my wedding witnesses lifting up a VW, some shrimpy things that look like the pink alien on Futurama, a weird tilting bridge……. but I WANT one of those basket buildings!!!

    This is such a fun blog!

  8. mireillie says:

    cool website. ^-^ my country is bleh, no statues no where.

  9. Love says:

    Your blog is so cool. Love your posts!
    Have a wonderful day!

  10. Yamaha Lover says:

    Nice site. I just bookmarked you on my bloglines.

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