Iowa is known for many things — corn, soybeans, pork, and that’s only the beginning. In the small town of Audubon (pop.2176), they also want Iowa to be known for its outstanding beef industry.
Enter Albert The Bull.
As I was passing through this part of the state visiting the Freedom Rocks, I kept seeing signs for “Albert the Bull.” I figured if it was significant enough to have signs to help people locate it, I’d better stop by and see what it was all about.
Interestingly enough, not only does this bull have a name, but he’s also known as the “world’s largest bull.”
Albert entered the scene in the 1960s, being assembled by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Authentic from head to toe, Albert is 30 feet tall, with his hide consisting of several coats of concrete, with 65 gallons of paint used for the final product you see below.
Albert has the important job of overlooking his very own campground, which is actually named “Albert The Bull Campgrounds”. The campgrounds is located at 1108 Division Street in Audubon, and has 40 hookup sites for electric, water and sewer.
Every year since 1951, Audubon hosts their Annual Operation T-Bone festival in tribute to Iowa’s beef industry. Taking place on the first Saturday in August, Operation T-Bone includes a parade, fireworks, talent show, chili cook-off and most importantly, a beef feed. There’s loads of other activities, too.
Located halfway between Des Moines and Council Bluffs at I-80 exit 60 (north on Hwy 71), it’s an easy day trip to see this fun community.
And of course, to visit Albert.