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Detroit, Michigan

Giant Cow Head

Standing guard on top of an old, vacant ice cream shop used in the movie "8 Mile." 

On top of the Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy Building, a giant cow head surveys the landscape and attracts visitors - especially those interested in larger-than-life roadside attractions - into the shop. Well, it used to.

The building, an ice cream stand, had been closed for many years before being restored for the movie “8 Mile” in 2002. You might remember its appearance in the movie: Eminem shot a paintball at it. The building has remained vacant ever since production wrapped.

The cow was designed to resemble “Elsie,” a Borden cow, a real cow once part of Ira Wilson’s million-dollar dairy operation.

Know Before You Go

Located on the east edge of the city. Take I-94 exit 220B and drive south on Conner Ave. for about a mile, before turning left onto Mack Ave. Drive six blocks. The cow is on the northwest corner of Mack Ave. and Lenox St.