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Kinnett Dairy and Kadie (Demolished/Removed)
Columbus, GA
Photo and info courtesy Kevin Powers

Attached is a picture of a local dairy, “Kinnett’s Dairies” in Columbus, Georgia.

As you can see, there is a giant cow out front, who has always been known as ‘Kadie’ the cow, and has been a local fixture for over 50 years. Unfortunately, recently Kinnett's was bought by an international conglomerate and over the last year the employees were let go and the building closed. Just last week Kadie disappeared and two days later the building was demolished.

 

UPDATE 06/05 : I am from Columbus, GA and grew up with Kinnett dairy products and Kadie the cow. I was floored when they tore the dairy down. It was a landmark. Kadie disappeared because she was the property of Best Buy upon the transfer of land. They didn't have the heart to demolish Kadie, so they uprooted her from her home of over 50 years, had her cleaned, put in storage,and put back in her original position on the hill overlooking Manchester Expressway after the construction of the new Best Buy store. In 2003, a 30lb. fiberglass calf mysteriously turned up next to her. Two weeks later, the calf disappeared and turned up in a dumpster. Best Buy cleaned the calf and secured it with concrete next to Kadie and held a naming contest for it. It is now called "Bebe". Many thanks to Christa Ward for update. 06-05

Kadie the Cow at Best Buy
Columbus, GA
Photo courtesy Kevin Powers

UPDATE 01/06 : To the left is a photo of Kadie out in front of the Best Buy store in Columbus, GA. Many thanks to Kevin Powers for update. 01-06

 

 

Elmo Jo
Memphis, TN
Photo and info courtesy Sherry McGee

This figure of Elmo Jo stands watch as patrons enter this theater located in Memphis, TN. 09-06

 

 

Dalmatian Fire Hydrant
Memphis, TN
Photo and info courtesy Sherry McGee

Not quire sure of the source of this, but his fire hydrant painted like on of the Dalmatians is interesting nonetheless. 09-06

 

 

Mr. Comfort
Blacksburg, SC
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

In Blacksburg, SC is this interesting find for "Mr Comfort", a guy made of ducts for a HVAC shop. 01-08

 

 

Biltmore Dairy Farms
Hendersonville, NC
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Check out this old sign for the Biltmore Dairy Farms complete with cow in Hendersonville, NC. 07-08

 

 

 

 

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