Posted by: Bethany Davis | April 12, 2010

Bizzarre Marietta Landmark

Every city has their claim-to-fame and famous landmark. In Paris, it’s the Eiffel Tower. New York City has the statue of liberty. Marietta, however, has the Big Chicken. It’s a massive, red, slightly-disturbing structure erected atop of a KFC off Cobb Pkwy.

We have the pleasure of living only a few miles away from the Big Chicken. We frequently hear references to it — “Turn right at the Big Chicken” or “Go 2 miles south of the Big Chicken.” Even the pilots flying into Dobbins Air Force Base use it as a landmark!

What’s more, the guy that originally had it built was a Davis! “Tubby” Davis originally built the Big Chicken in 1956 as a 56-foot-tall steel-sided structure. Now, it’s common to see Big Chicken mailboxes or memorabilia around town.

Marietta, why this??! Why a “big chicken” with a moving beak and googlie eyes that move in opposite direction?!

Here’s a picture we shot last name on the way back from the Mediterranean Grill (a meal bought with a Groupon!) and seeing the Blind Side. The chicken just looked like a beacon of light in the dark night. Epic. 🙂

Brian says the Chick-fil-A literally in sight of the Big Chicken should respond by constructing a massive cow.  But the Chick-fil-A gets more business already, so it’s looking doubtful.


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