Happy Birthday to you, Traverse Colantha Walker

The 2010 Traverse Colantha Walker Festival happens on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

State Hospital Memorial Marker For Traverse Colantha Walker (Traverse City, MI)

State Hospital Memorial Marker For Traverse Colantha Walker (Traverse City, MI), photo by takomabibelot.

From World Champion Cow of the Insane at Roadside America:

Northern Michigan Asylum opened in 1885 and gradually became a sprawling complex on the western outskirts of Traverse City. It was so vast that it had orchards of cherries, peaches and apples, vineyards and vegetable gardens, field crops, and livestock from beef to chickens, horses to pigs. And it had its own herd of cows.

The most famous of these — the most famous inhabitant, period, of the entire Asylum — was Traverse Colantha Walker. She was a grand champion milk cow, producing 200,114 pounds of milk and 7,525 pounds of butterfat in her long life. When she died in 1932 the hospital staff and patients held a banquet in her honor. They buried her in a small, grassy knoll, under a marble tombstone, outside of the stately brick dairy barn that had been her home.

The inaugural Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Grand Traverse Commons.

See this bigger right here and also check out takomabibelot’s slideshow. The marker reads:

Traverse Colantha Walker
Born 4-29-1916
Died 1-8-1932
World’s Champion Cow
Milk 200,114.9 lbs.
Fat 7,525.8 lbs.
Nine Lactations
Bred, Owned, Developed
By Traverse City Hospital

5 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to you, Traverse Colantha Walker

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed Mike Norton’s piece on Traverse Colantha Walker and his glowing description of The Village redevelopment project. As one of the event planners for The Village, we have collectively elected to postpone the Colantha Walker Dairy Festival until June 12, 2010. We now have more time to develop a world-class festival that befits such a renowned world-champion bovine. Thank you, in advance, for getting the word out.

    Mini Minervini
    The Minervini Group, LLC
    Redevelopers of
    The Village at Grand Traverse Commons


  2. To all Colantha Walker Fans!
    The day-long, family-festive, admission- FREE “Colantha Walker Dairy Festival will be held in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, on Sunday, June 13th, from 10am to 7pm.
    The day’s activities include…
    Pancake breakfast, parade to Colantha’s memorial stone, Moomers Ice Cream, Grilled Cheese Grill-Off, music, famers market, cheese domonstrations, food concessions, art & craft, and SO much more.
    See you at The Village!


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