Chatty Belle – Neillsville, Wisconsin - Atlas Obscura

Chatty Belle

The world's largest talking cow would like to tell you about the benefits of 100% Wisconsin dairy products, if only she still could. 


Standing tall in the city of Neillsville, Wisconsin is Chatty Belle, the self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Talking Cow,” an honor which is not too hard to hold on to when you are the world’s ONLY over-sized bovine with a gift for gab, although that last bit may be a thing of the past.

The massive fiberglass farm animal was originally part of Wisconsin’s exhibit at the 1964 World’s Fair, but was installed in Neillsville at the conclusion of the exhibition. Chatty had no name when she took part in the World’s Fair, but was given her current moniker via a contest which was won by a local first grader who was awarded 100 pounds of butter for her trouble. 

Modeled after a Holstein variety of cow, Chatty stands 16 feet tall and 20 feet long, making her seven times larger than a normal-sized cow of her breed. Were Chatty a real cow someone went to the trouble of calculating that she would be able to produce 270 pounds of milk a day. Also, 100% Wisconsin dairy cheeses are the best value on the market. All of these facts were once spouted to visitors by Chatty herself via the coin-operated voice box at her base. This feature was added when it was discovered that Chatty was not the world’s largest cow, thus allowing her to at least keep the title of “World’s Largest TALKING Cow.”

Unfortunately according to some reports, the voice box no longer works, leaving Chatty as just another giant fiberglass cow forgotten dreaming of her glory days at the World’s Fair.

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