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NOTE: We followed COVID regulations everywhere we went and we wore our masks, although I usually removed mine for photos. We want everyone to be safe when traveling.
Stop No. 3: World’s Largest Fork (claimed)
We knew we’d be passing through Missouri on our trip so of course I looked to see if any World’s Largest Things were in our path. I found Springfield, Mo. Was home to the World’s Largest Fork so we had to stop.
Springfield’s downtown had some fun and funky art – such as a giant foot – and we took photos of some of those, as well. (I’ll have a post later this week about Springfield’s claim as the “Birthplace of Route 66.”)
The fork is not easy to find because it was moved from its original location to the back parking lot of an ad agency, Noble & Associates. According to Roadside America, the fork originally stood in front of a local restaurant but when it closed in 1998, the ad agency bought the fork.
It is 35 feet tall and weighs 11 tons, according to Roadside America. There are other oversized forks in the world – including one we would encounter later in our trip – and several make the claim of “World’s Largest.” A fork in Creede, Co., claims to be larger, 40 feet tall, but not quite as hefty, coming in at 600 pounds.
To find the Springfield fork, put 2215 W. Chesterfield Boulevard and you will come to it, although our GPS told us the address was on Butterfield. It is definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area.