My wife and I are on a mission to visit all the oversized local landmarks throughout Minnesota. This blog chronicles those visits and covers other related topics.

Friday, October 19, 2007

World's Largest Coot

July 4th, 2007 - Ashby, MN

World's Largest Coot

Celebrate your nation's independence by visiting big stuff.

It's another 4th of July and we find ourselves at big stuff once again. Last year we stopped at the World's Largest Otter on our way to my aunt's place, but this year we took a different route. This one brings us right through Ashby and right past the World's Largest Coot.

If you are wondering what a coot is exactly, it's a kind of duck that is commonly referred to as a mud hen. They are also commonly shot at. By hunters. With guns. Which is the reason this guy is there in the first place. The coot stands at the Ashby Trap Range, perhaps for some inspiration. He was built in 1991 by Steve Morgan for the Ashby Coot Feed and stands 10 feet tall. He was made out of concrete, which may be good for a trap range but it made his wings too heavy and they needed to be braced. This may not make the coot the nicest looking big stuff, but it still has some very good detail to it despite it's design flaw.

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