Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

Robert Wadlow Statue, the World’s Tallest Man, in Alton, Illinois

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Here at Silly America we’re kind of obsessed with the world’s tallest statues. I’ve found everything from a giant Superman statue to the world’s tallest Abraham Lincoln statue… But now it is time for a statue that is not a tall rendering of something, it’s a tall rendering of something tall! The Robert Wadlow statue in Alton, Illinois, is actually a to-scale life-size figure of the world’s tallest man!

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.
Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

Robert Pershing Wadlow was born in Alton, Illinois in February 1918. He was born a normal-sized baby but throughout his life he continued to grow taller due to a hypertrophy of his pituitary gland that produced an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. By age thirteen he was seven foot four. When he died in 1940 (at age 22) he was a staggering 8 feet 11.1 inches.

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.
Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

On October 20, 1985, Ned Giberson, a local artist, crafted a life-size bronze state of Robert Wadlow. The statue was erected on campus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine in Alton, where Wadlow had once attended classes.

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.
Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

Details of the head, hands, and feet from the statue of Robert Wadlow:

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.
Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.
Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

While there, be sure to also check out Robert Wadlow’s birth house next door.

Robert Wadlow Statue in Alton, Illinois. The World's Tallest Man.
Robert Wadlow Statue in Alton, Illinois. The World's Tallest Man.
Robert Wadlow Statue in Alton, Illinois. The World's Tallest Man.
Robert Wadlow Statue in Alton, Illinois. The World's Tallest Man.
Robert Wadlow Statue in Alton, Illinois. The World's Tallest Man.

Robert Wadlow Statue — the world’s tallest man

Location: 2810 College Ave, Alton, IL 62002
Hours: Daylight Hours
Costs: Free to See
Date: July 15, 2007

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Life-size Robert Wadlow statue, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois. At the time of his death in 1940, Wadlow stood at 8 feet 11.1 inches. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a road trip through Illinois with kids or adults. Add it to your bucket list of things to do in Illinois. 
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Life-size Robert Wadlow statue, the world’s tallest man, in Alton, Illinois. At the time of his death in 1940, Wadlow stood at 8 feet 11.1 inches. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a road trip through Illinois with kids or adults. Add it to your bucket list of things to do in Illinois.
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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