A Prodigious Pair

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Mt. Katahdin and Granger, ca. 1906

A new grant-funded exhibit by Stetson Historical Society recounts the impressive result of one Maine farmer’s desire to make his mark.

Years before the Guinness World Records would start recording such things, A. S. Rand of Stetson set out at the turn of the 20th century to breed the biggest pair of oxen–already formidable members of the animal kingdom–the agricultural world had ever seen.

He named them for the two largest things in Maine at the time, Mt. Katahdin and Granger–representing Maine’s prominent agricultural Grange–and they played their roles to the hilt. Unable to do farm work because of their size, they visited fairs and agricultural events around the Northeast, drawing crowds and fans.

Read all about the famous twosome–including their exact measurements, food and exercise needs, and travels–in The World’s Largest Oxen on Maine Memory.

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