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The Grave of Traverse Colantha Walker, a World Champion Cow

At the southern end of the former Traverse City State Hospital property, near Historic Barns Park, is a single gravesite. But this is no ordinary gravesite, for this is the final resting place of Traverse Colantha Walker, a world champion milk-producing cow.

Colantha was born and milked on the grounds of the former asylum. The Holstein-Friesian cow was born on April 29, 1916, and by the time she died on January 8, 1932, Colantha had produced 200,114.9 pounds of milk and 7,525.8 pounds of fat. In one year alone (1926), she produced 22,918 pounds of milkā€”then a world record.

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