The World’s Tallest Flagpole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

The insanely massive Acuity flagpole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin is the world’s tallest symbol of freedom.
Acuity flagpole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Acuity flagpole in Sheboygan, WI is the world’s tallest symbol of freedom.

As far as phallic symbols and patriotism go, the Acuity Insurance company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin has the market cornered. Dedicated on June 16th, 2014, the Acuity flagpole is an obnoxious 400-feet tall, making it the tallest symbol of freedom in the world, apparently.

Because nothing says independence like obscene displays of corporate chest-puffing.

World's tallest flagpole
View from the base of the Acuity flagpole.

Facts About the World’s Tallest Flagpole

  • The 400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds.
  • It is nearly 100 feet taller than the statue of liberty.
  • The flag measures 60 feet by 120 feet.
  • A 220-pound flag is flown during normal conditions.
  • A 350-pound flag is flown during harsher weather.
  • Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide.
  • 680 cubic yards of concrete was used for the foundation.
  • The pole is covered in over 500 gallons of paint.
  • The pole is 11 feet in diameter at the base and tapers to 5 1/2 feet at the top.
  • Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration.
  • The base of the pole is a Veterans Memorial featuring the names of every Sheboygan County resident killed in the line of duty.

Acuity made three previous attempts to build the world’s tallest flagpole beginning in 2003, but they swayed too much in the wind and collapsed.

Time-Lapse Construction of the Acuity Flagpole

So what the hell does it all mean? In this video Acuity President and CEO Ben Salzman says “My wife and I go for a walk every day. On this walk I just said ‘You know, we should put up a really tall flagpole.'”

True words of inspiration. Thanks, Acuity.

World's tallest flagpole in Sheboygan, WI

This thing probably cost more money to build than I’ll make in my lifetime.

Because ‘Merica.

Facts about the world's tallest flagpole in Sheboygan, WI

Man Sitting On A Dead Horse

Speculation abounds over the origin and nature of a strange vintage photo from Sheboygan, WI of a man in a top hat apparently sitting on a dead horse in the middle of the street.

Man sitting on a dead horse in Sheboygan, WI

Man sitting on a dead horse in Sheboygan, WI

According to the Sheboygan Press the photo was taken at South Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue in Sheboygan, Wisconsin between 1876 and 1884 – based on the presence of a bridge over the Sheboygan River in the background and the absence of the railroad tracks that were installed in 1884. Other sources cite the photo as circa 1900. Some don’t think it was in Sheboygan at all.

Due to the rampant sanitation issues with horses in the 1800s some speculate the photo was a political campaign ad. Some other theories are that, since there doesn’t appear to be rigor mortis in the horse’s legs, it could be trick horse for a carnival or sideshow passing through, or that the nice man is just assisting the horse in expelling excess flatulence.

It is rumored that there was a municipal ordinance in place at the time that stated when a horse dropped dead in the street, the owner was required to wait by the animal until someone came to clean it up.

In New York in the 1880s, where herds of pigs roamed the city and horses were literally worked to death with a meager two-and-a-half year lifespan, it was common practice to leave the 1,200 carcasses in the streets to rot until it they had disintegrated enough to be easily removed.

So is this Sheboygan, WI man trying to make a political statement with his trained circus horse, or is he just waiting for a tow?