The Story of the Pink Elephant

© Photographed April 11, 2015
 Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin
43.249964,-89.380492

The Story
of the
Pink Elephant
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" is located at the Shell gas station on eastbound County Highway V / West North Street, just east of its intersection with Hickory Lane, at or near 4995 County Highway V, Waunakee, Wisconsin 53597.

"Pinkie" the Pink Elephant is included in Wisconsin's Whimsical Roadside Attractions.





Pretty "Pinkie"

 Pinkie is located in DeForest, Wisconsin.

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