Large elephant with vision problems”
A huge Pink Elephant with black glasses at a gas stop. The Elephant in DeForest, aka “Pinkie”, stands at a Citgo station. In the late 1970s, this was an ARCO station – one of several ARCO stations in the area with pink elephant statues. This is the last one left
Armani saw this Elephant probably times before I decided I’m gonna stop today and take her pictures.
The Story of the Pink 🐘
The pink Elephant has been at this gas station since the mid-late 1960’s. The elephant was brought here because the owner was looking for a way to make his gas station stand out from the other stations on this intersection. The elephant has been here ever since.
It certainly is a road-side attraction and landmark in the area!
This Pink Elephant along with others were produced by Sculptured Advertising in Sparta, WI. Pinky was the first produced Pink Elephant and was installed in 1963 in front of the Pink Elephant Supper Club in Marquette, IA. The Marquette elephant never had the cool sunglasses though. Other pink elephants were produced for Arco Gas Stations in the area that all displayed all Pink Elephants. Our famous Pink Elephant is the last one left in this area. A few other elephants can be found at car washes, antique malls and car developers in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee.
Many people would stop here to take photos with the elephant and continue to do so today. Some tourists tell us they have pictures of their children and the elephant from years ago and are now stopping to show their grandchildren.
The Pink Elephant has had several owners over the years and has endured too much graffiti but with each change of hands the Pink Elephant has been loved and cherished. This gas station is known for the Pink Elephant, has lots of Pink Elephant merchandise and works hard to keep him clean. There isn’t one name associated with our Pink Elephant; most refer to him as “Pinkie”. Pinkie loves to see visitors and is still so photogenic!
Pinkie got lots of kisses from my Baby.
located at the shell gas station on the eastbound county highway V/Highway north street,just east of its own intersection with hickory lane,at or near 4995 county highway Waunakee,Wisconsin 53597
This is literally 11 min from our home in sun prairie and we decided to stop after 7 months we moved to wisconsin
Pinkie” the Pink Elephant is included in Wisconsin’s Whimsical Roadside Attractions.