Giant Cow Head – Detroit, Michigan - Atlas Obscura

Giant Cow Head

Standing guard on top of an old, vacant ice cream shop. 


On top of the the former Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy building, a giant cow head surveys the landscape and attracts visitors–especially those interested in larger-than-life roadside attractions. There isn’t much else to see along this stretch on Detroit’s east end. 

The building was a popular ice cream parlor in the 1950s. Long after it closed, it received a jolt of publicity in 2002, when it was featured in the movie 8 Mile. The filmmakers gave the decrepit building a fresh coat of paint, but since production wrapped it has remained untouched and on the market since 2016. 

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Located on the east edge of the city. The cow is on the northwest corner of Mack Ave. and Lenox St.

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October 13, 2010

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