A few days ago, I came across this piece in Crain's Chicago Business about how Gas City has been hit with a foreclosure suit which mentions the roots of the cow.
Longtime Southwest Siders may remember a cow statue that Mr. McEnery placed on the roof of his original station at 55th Street and Pulaski Road in the early 1970s. It was an attempt to advertise milk, a somewhat unusual product to be sold at a gas station at the time.
In 1976, the roof gave way, and the cow was eventually moved to the company’s Frankfort offices, according to the Gas City Web site.Pretty cute idea back in the 70's it seems. I'd have stopped for milk if I spotted that huge beast.