The world’s largest steer, Old Ben weighed 125 pounds at birth in 1902 and between 4,585-4,720 pounds at his death in 1910. He stood 6.5 feet tall and 16.25 feet long from nose to the tip of his tail.
Many circus owners and sideshow representatives tried to buy him, but his owners turned down all offers, preferring to show him themselves in a private tent at fairs all over Indiana and even at the State Fair for several years. Ripley featured him in his “Believe It Or Not” in 1968, and he is now housed in a pavilion in Highland Park, for all to see.
Old Ben is located in the same pavilion as the Giant Sycamore Stump. Click here to learn more about the Sycamore Stump.