Albert the Bull – the World’s Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa

There’s no bull about it: Albert the Bull, the World’s Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa, is one fine roadside attraction. You might even say he’s adora-bull!

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

Albert the Bull has been an icon of the Iowa town of Audubon since he was dedicated on October 21, 1964 at the 14th annual Operation T-Bone. He was conceptualized to represent the booming local beef industry and to be a tourist attraction to draw passersby from the highway. Nowadays over 20,000 visitors visit the Iowa roadside attraction every year, so I would say their mission was a success!

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This roadside attraction was named after Albert Kruse, a local banker at First State Bank who founded Operation T-Bone. In 1951 businessmen were shipping cattle from Audubon County to the best cattle market in Chicago via railroad to promote the local beef industry. Kruse was invited along by shippers but, after hearing horror stories of how uncomfortable the caboose was, he declined with the stipulation that he’d come along if a pullman car was made available.

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Arrangements were made to have the 50 carloads of cattle along with three pullman cars for the businessmen and shippers. The story made the rounds from the Chicago Tribune to the London Times and the first Operation T-Bone was celebrated to much fanfare.

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That first Operation T-Bone was celebrated with immense local pride in 1951 and every year since the town gathers in September to celebrate with a parade, car show, tractor exhibition, firemen water fights, cook out, and more. Albert was unveiled at the 1964 celebration and dedicated with the name of the man responsible for it all.

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

This giant bull is a replica of a Hereford bull. But, at 45 tons and 30 feet tall and 33 feet long with a 15-foot span, he’s nine times larger the his real-life doppelgänger. He is made of a steelwork frame (salvaged from abandoned Iowa windmills) covered in solid concrete and painted to resemble the animal.

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The only difference between Albert and a real Hereford were his eyes. While bulls typically have brown eyes, this bull had baby blues for over fifty years. And, for over fifty years, local farmers complained. When Albert was repainted in October 2017, so were his eyes and today they are a more authentic shade of brown.

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

Another striking feature of the big bull are..well…his big bull balls. That’s right, this bull had a honking pair of giant concrete gonads. They make for both a silly tourist photo and a canvas for locals to paint for celebrations and high school sport rivalries.

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions
Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

Albert’s status as an American icon transcends the small town and onto the big screen. Albert the Bull has had a cameo in the movie Beethoven’s 3rd, was featured in a question on Jeopardy, and starred in a 2018 Cenex Super Bowl commercial that proclaimed that the small town was home to a Super Bull of their own.

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

While giant bull roadside attractions can be found all across the USA (see also the giant bulls in Stewardson, Illinois; Miles City, Montana; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina) none are so big or hold hold so much town pride as Albert the Bull in Audubon, IA.

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

He’s truly un-bull-ievable!

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

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Albert the Bull – the World’s Largest Bull

Address: 115 Circle Dr, Audubon, IA 50025
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible


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There’s no bull about it: Albert the Bull, the World’s Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa, is one fine Iowa roadside attraction. You might even say he’s adora-bull!
Add this stop to your list of things to do on an Iowa on your next Iowa road trip or vacation and stop by on your travel with kids or friends for fun photography and a bucket list worthy time.

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.