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Champion Cow Graves

Ferndale, California

Pay your respects to three butterfat queens.  

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The Humboldt County Fairgrounds in this small Californian town are home to the burial sites of three bonafide bovine winners. For much of the mid-20th century, Ferndale was primarily a farming community and its residents were particularly proud of their dairy cows—so proud, in fact, that the resting places of three prized specimens are honored with special headstones here. 

Silken Lady’s Ruby of F., Challengers Joyce VG, and Sunny King Berna were all butterfat champion cows that reigned from the 1950s through 1970s. Each cow was assessed by the quantity of butterfat they produced in a year (a whopping 10,936 pounds, in Sunny King Berna’s case), which is displayed on their gravestones.

Know Before You Go

The graves are on fairgrounds property and free to visit. Make sure the fairgrounds will be open when planning a visit. The graves are not visible from the street and the gates are locked when the fairgrounds are closed.


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