Statue of Robert Wadlow
Illinois

Statue of Robert Wadlow

Here at Silly America we’re kind of obsessed with world’s tallest statues. I’ve found everything from a giant Superman statue to the world’s tallest Abraham Lincoln

But now it is time for a statue that is not a tall rendering of something, it’s a rendering of something tall! This statue is actually a to-scale life-size figure of the world’s tallest man: Robert Pershing Wadlow!

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

Robert Wadlow was born in Alton, Illinois in February 1918. Throughout his life he continued to grow taller due to a hypertrophy of his pituitary gland that produced an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. When he died in 1940 he was a staggering 8 feet 11.1 inches.

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

In 1985 Ned Giberson erected a life-size bronze statue of Wadlow on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine.

Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

Val and the Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, in Alton, Illinois.

Site: Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man
Location: 1513 Washington Ave., Alton, IL
Hours: Daylight Hours
Costs: Free to See
Date: July 15, 2007

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.