Pinkie the Pink Elephant with Glasses in DeForest, Wisconsin

This fiberglass giant pink elephant with glasses, also known as “Pinkie the Elephant” or “Pinky the Elephant” is a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin. When I visited the big pink elephant on my 2008 road trip to Mount Rushmore it lived outside of a Citgo Gas Station. When I visited again 11 years later, the location had been converted to a Shell Gas Station, but not much else about the giant pink elephant changed (I, on the other hand gained a few years and a few pounds).

Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.
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Pink Elephant with Glasses - a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin
August 2008
Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.
August 2019

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Want to learn more about the pink elephant gas station roadside attraction? Read the story of the Wisconsin pink elephant found on a sign adjacent to

Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.

The Story of the Pink Elephant

“The pink Elephant has been at this gas station since the mid-late 1960’s. The elephant was brought here because the owner was looking for a way to make his gas station stand out from the other stations on this intersection. The elephant has been here ever since.

It certainly is a road-side attraction and landmark in the area!”

“This Pink Elephant along with others were produced by Sculptured Advertising in Sparta, WI. Pinky was the first produced Pink Elephant and was installed in 1963 in front of the Pink Elephant Supper Club in Marquette, IA. The Marquette elephant never had the cool sunglasses though. Other pink elephants were produced for Arco Gas Stations in the area that all displayed all Pink Elephants. Our famous Pink Elephant is the last one left in this area. A few other elephants can be found at car washes, antique malls and car developers in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee.”

“Many people would stop here to take photos with the elephant and continue to do so today. Some tourists tell us they have pictures of their children and the elephant from years ago and are now stopping to show their grandchildren.

The Pink Elephant has had several owners over the years and has endured too much graffiti but with each change of hands the Pink Elephant has been loved and cherished. This gas station is known for the Pink Elephant, has lots of Pink Elephant merchandise and works hard to keep him clean. There isn’t one name associated with our Pink Elephant; most refer to this Wisconsin roadside attraction as “Pinkie”. Pinkie loves to see visitors and is still so photogenic!”

Pink Elephant Wisconsin Roadside Attraction in 2019:

Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.
Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.
Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.
Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.
Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.

Pinkie the Pink Elephant with Glasses in 2008:

Pink Elephant with Glasses - a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin
Pink Elephant with Glasses – a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin
Pink Elephant with Glasses - a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin
Pinky the Elephant Wisconsin
Pink Elephant with Glasses - a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin
Pink Elephant Wisconsin
Pink Elephant with Glasses - a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin
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Pink Elephant with Glasses - a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin
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Pink Elephant with Glasses - a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin
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Pinkie the Pink Elephant with Glasses

Location: 4995 County Road V, DeForest, WI
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always Visible.
Date: August 2008, August 2019

While you’re there, don’t forget to stop and visit Sissie the Cow at Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet down the road!


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Pinkie the Elephant – a fiberglass giant pink elephant with glasses is a Wisconsin roadside attraction at a Shell Gas Station in DeForest, Wisconsin. Add this weird roadside attraction to your travel bucket list and Wisconsin road trip itinerary. A fun thing to do in Wisconsin when visiting the beautiful places in the state.
Pinkie the Elephant - a fiberglass giant pink elephant with glasses is a Wisconsin roadside attraction at a Shell Gas Station in DeForest, Wisconsin. Add this weird roadside attraction to your travel bucket list and Wisconsin road trip itinerary. A fun thing to do in Wisconsin when visiting the beautiful places in the state. #WisconsinRoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttraction #RoadTrip #WisconsinRoadTrip #ThingsToDoInWisconsin #WisconsinRoadTripMap #WisconsinRoadTripIdeas #WeirdRoadsideAttractions
Pinkie the Elephant – a fiberglass giant pink elephant with glasses is a Wisconsin roadside attraction at a Shell Gas Station in DeForest, Wisconsin. Add this weird roadside attraction to your travel bucket list and Wisconsin road trip itinerary. A fun thing to do in Wisconsin when visiting the beautiful places in the state.

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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.