David Johnson’s goats are probably happier than most other goats in the world. In the small town of Findlay, Illinois, Johnson, along with the late Jack Cloe of Herrick, erected a tower specifically for the bearded animals. Known to some as the “goat tower of baaa” and others as “the world’s leading goat tower,” the Findlay Illinois Goat Tower keeps the goats happy and passersby amused. Built on a farm in Southern Illinois this winding tower stands at 31 feet tall and 7 feet in diameter. It is made up of 5,000 hand-made bricks and contains 276 concrete steps that spiral around allowing the silly goats to climb the goat tower.
This goat tower in Illinois may be one of only three in the world with others being at a spa in Portugal and at the Fairview Winery in South Africa.
The Findlay goat tower is a playground for Johnson’s 34 goats who climb the toy and peak out the three openings on each side. So, while this roadside attraction may not be a concrete goat statue the world’s biggest goat, or the world’s largest goat made from fiberglass, it is indeed a fun stop for your next Illinois road trip. (Be sure to also check out the nearby giant bull and two-story outhouse!)
Findlay Illinois Goat Tower
Location: Wolf Creek Road, Findlay, IL
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible, but at a private residence (and on a remote country road, so you might want to reserve this one for daylight)
Date: May 2, 2009