Can you hear it in your head like an earworm…Ho, Ho, Ho, Green Giant? If you don’t already, you may after this post. Last week I wrote about my week of experiences in a Mitsubishi Outlander CUV. If you missed it, click here. I wanted to take a short day trip out on the highway to see how the car would perform, so I studied up on Blue Earth, Minnesota.
The original idea for the Green Giant as a marketing tool started in 1928, so he has been around for a long time. At first he wasn’t well received when used for marketing as children were scared of him. It wasn’t until he started saying “Ho, Ho, Ho” in 1961 that the kids warmed up to him. The actual Green Giant statue is made out of fiberglass and was completed in 1978, but not put up permanently on this pedestal until July 6, 1979. They say about 10,000 people stop by to see him every year. I climbed up to sit by his feet. Look at how tiny I am! Bailie was too scared to go up, so it is only me you see, behind the bars.
Do you remember the Green Giant had an apprentice? Back in 1972, Little Green Sprout appeared. The large Giant took him under his leafy boots, and taught him all about produce and gardening. We were lucky to meet up with Little Green Sprout at a gas station on the edge of town. I guess things aren’t going well for him with veggies these days, as he was peddling Jelly Belly and Fudge. Oh well, at least he has a job and seems happy.
We found one more point of interest on our little excursion, the I-90 Golden Marker. Planning for the I-90 started in 1958 with President Eisenhower. The I-90 stretches from Boston to Seattle and is the nation’s longest and northern most east-to-west, coast-to-coast interstate. At 70 mph it would take about 44 hours to travel the entire length. The I-90 was completed in 1978, when road crews coming from the east and west coasts met at this mid point just outside of Blue Earth. Reminiscent of the “Golden Spike” that symbolized completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad in 1869, officials arranged to tint a small section of I-90’s pavement gold. Most of the gold is long gone, but we managed to snap a quick shot of colored pavement while speeding along. We also stopped to see the plaque with all the information on this historic point.
Funny, no matter what photos we took on this little trip, I look so small! The weather was dreadful, lots of clouds, fog, and occasional rain, so everything is a bit drab. The next day, the area was hit with a snowstorm, so we were glad we even got to make the trip.