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Huron in Beadle County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

History of the World's Largest Pheasant

 
 
History of the World's Largest Pheasant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
1. History of the World's Largest Pheasant Marker
Inscription. The World's Largest Pheasant spans 40 feet in length, stands 28 feet tall, and weighs 22 tons. It was dedicated on October 18, 1959. Sculptor RF Jacobs of Gooding, Idaho completed the project in 4 ½ months, costing $23,000 at that time. The bird was christened by Governor Joe Foss with approximately 2,500 people in attendance.

A Pheasant Restoration Committee was established in 2010 to restore, enhance and maintain the aesthetic beauty of the World's Largest Pheasant structure and mural for current and future generations.

Fundraising efforts began in January of 2011 local and in May of that year the actual restoration work began by local artist Schaun Schnathorst, with the help of his brother, Bob Carlson, at a cost of $20,000. Prior restoration included fiberglass repair and new paint in 1974 and 1989.

The World's Largest Pheasant continues to be a well-known symbol among hunters and has been the subject of numerous travel and outdoor magazines over the years, paying tribute to the South Dakota state bird and serving as a testament to the area’s abundant pheasant numbers.
 
Location. 44° 22.199′ N, 98° 11.997′ W. Marker is in Huron, South Dakota, in Beadle County. Marker is on 4th Street NE (U.S. 14) west of Jersey Avenue
History of the World's Largest Pheasant Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
2. History of the World's Largest Pheasant Marker (wide view)
NE, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the east side of a small building near the south side of the highway at this address. Marker is at or near this postal address: 960 4th Street NE, Huron SD 57350, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W. Glenn Sloan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pyle Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); "French Boxcar" (approx. 1½ miles away); Where Does the West Begin?/ Here the West Begins (approx. 1.6 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 1.6 miles away); Huron, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This is a large "billboard-style" marker.
 
Regarding History of the World's Largest Pheasant. The "World's Largest Pheasant" is 28-foot tall, 22 ton, fiberglass sculpture mounted on top of the small building at this address, facing north toward U.S. Highway 14.
 
Also see . . .
1. World's Largest Pheasant. The World's Largest Pheasant is located along Hwy 14 on the east edge of town. This 30 foot fiberglass behemoth stands atop what used to be the Pheasant Liquor store. This giant pheasant has long been
The World's Largest Pheasant image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
3. The World's Largest Pheasant
proclaimed to be the world's largest of its kind and symbolized Huron's claim as the "Pheasant Capital Of The World". Restored and majestic, it rises above the James River valley near Memorial Park. (Submitted on September 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. World's Largest Pheasant. The World's Largest Pheasant is located on Highway 14 in Huron. This 28 foot, 22 ton pheasant made of fiberglass and steel has affirmed Huron as a premier pheasant hunting location since 1959. From its beak to the tip of its feathered tail, this giant bird spans over 40 feet. (Submitted on September 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. AnimalsMan-Made FeaturesSports
 
The World's Largest Pheasant (<i>wide view; showing mural underneath sculpture</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
4. The World's Largest Pheasant (wide view; showing mural underneath sculpture)
The World's Largest Pheasant (<i>west side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
5. The World's Largest Pheasant (west side view)
The World's Largest Pheasant (<i>wide view from U.S. Highway 14</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
6. The World's Largest Pheasant (wide view from U.S. Highway 14)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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