1984 - Volume #8, Issue #6, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Giant Turtle Built From Old Auto Wheels
Setting on a mound just northwest of the intersection, the turtle was created by George Gottbrecht. Its head moves up and down to bid visitors welcome, and to point the way to the International Peace Garden, located at the north end of U.S. 281 near the Canadian border. The head, counterbalanced with more than 2,000 lbs. of concrete, is moved with a 1 1/2 hp electric motor through a series of pulleys and a pump jack mechanism.
Gottbrecht collected the wheels and welded them together to form the eye-catching display which measures 40 ft. long, 8 ft. wide and 15 ft. high.
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