Blue Earth was first mapped in 1856 and takes its name from the Blue Earth River that surrounds the town. It is from the Dakota name Mahka-to which means Blue Earth after the colour of the clay in the river banks.
The population of the city was shown as 3,353 in the 2010 census down from 4,200 in 1960. The main claim to fame for this fair city and the reason for our stop is a 55 foot tall statue of the Green Giant. Apparently, the statue attracts 10,000 visitors per year.
(Source – Wikipedia)
I tried to find this attraction on the GPS, but failed, because I left out the word “Jolly”. Come on! Its a freaking big statue of a fictional green giant. Why the H do I need to add the word Jolly.
Anyhow, the info center was closed and there was construction in the parking area, so we parked in the parking lot of the adjacent business and walked over, beating our way through the crowds of….uh….thou….uh….well there were no crowds. There was only us. There is also a memorabilia museum in the town, but we only wanted to see the Jolly Green Giant and the Little Green Sprout.
We were not disappointed and the entire stop took us all of 10 minutes.
In truth, we did not think how this first photo would look until we saw it back home on the big screen. Oops.
These 2 pix give you an idea how big the statue is.
My wife thought this photo gave the big guy a saintly glow.