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A giant cement turtle watches traffic on Main Street in front of the town hall in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.


Beast Of Busco #3 Beast Of Busco #3

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Beast Of Busco #3

This giant turtle stands in front of the Churubusco Government Center on Main Street (US-33) in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. It was moved here from its usual place at the intersection of Main Street (US-33) and Line Street due to construction work being done there.

The turtle represents the "Beast of Busco", a giant turtle that a local farmer claimed to have seen in his pond in the early 20th Century. The turtle, named Oscar by locals, was never found. In some accounts, Oscar was claimed to weigh 500 lb, and in others it was claimed that he was as big as a small car!

Today, Churubusco has embraced the legend of the giant turtle. The signs on the highway that welcome people to Churubusco proclaim the town to be "Turtle Town USA", and the town has an annual "Turtle Days Festival."


Update: The turtle has been moved back to its old location at Main and Line Streets.




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