When you road trip the country in search of weird and silly roadside attractions one thing is inevitable: you will find monuments with reoccurring themes. Case in point: the large pink elephant, like the Large Pink Elephant in Fenton, Missouri.
Why the big pink elephant statue is such a popular roadside attraction in America, I can’t say, but you can find this familiar roadside beacon in front of many, many gas stations, restaurants, and antique shops throughout the United States. I’ve blogged before about the pink elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin; the pink elephant in Springfield, Illinois; and about the pink elephant in Livingston, Illinois. But there are more out there. Many, many more.
Today I bring you the giant pink elephant statue from Fenton, Missouri! This guy (or girl?) is sitting outside of a gas station on the side of the road in town. The pink Fenton elephant has white tusks and nails and blue eyes. Rumor has it the pachyderm once held a giant martini glass in his trunk, but he now wraps his long nose around an American flag.
I stopped and checked out the pink elephant while on a summer road trip around Missouri in 2009. While my friend and I were checking it out, the gas station attendant told me and my friend to feel free to climb it… In theory, I would totally love to climb a giant elephant statue, but I couldn’t figure out a way to do so and this Missouri roadside attraction seemed a little too unstable to feel quite safe… So, alas, I did not take a ride on this rose-colored mammal. But I did give him a great big hug and a quick kiss on the trunk.
When I returned to visit the gas station pink elephant on a Route 66 road trip in 2021, there was now a small sign written on the Missouri roadside attraction’s trunk: no sitting or standing. So I guess that is frowned up on now much more so than it was years ago.
Big Pink Elephant Statue, 2009
Large Pink Elephant Statue
Address: 2599 S Old Highway 141, Fenton, MO (visit the city’s website)
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible
Date: June 7, 2009