West Seattle windstorm scene: Side of beef in Sunrise Heights

For the second time in a decade, a windstorm has taken its toll on the iconic cow (steer?) atop John’s Corner Deli in Sunrise Heights, via gust-powered cow-tipping. Soon as the folks across the street at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) mentioned it, we remembered its disappearance during the 2006 Hanukkah Eve windstorm. So far today, the bovine fixture at 35th/Webster is still in view – just lying down on the job.

3:15 PM UPDATE: @MetPatrick tweeted this photo of The Cow being secured:

Now you won’t have to worry that it will next become, as Craig put it in a comment, “ground beef.”

30 Replies to "West Seattle windstorm scene: Side of beef in Sunrise Heights"

  • Arbor Heights Mom November 17, 2015 (12:58 pm)

    This wins my vote for headline of the year, WSB!

    • WSB November 17, 2015 (12:59 pm)

      Thanks. On our Facebook share of this, I admire the person who just commented, “Udder disaster!” – TR

  • ocean November 17, 2015 (1:00 pm)

    Cow-tipping for the win(d)!

  • Moose November 17, 2015 (1:15 pm)

    Agree. Funny!

  • Toni Reineke November 17, 2015 (1:24 pm)


    I needed the touch of humor. THANKS!

  • 1111comet November 17, 2015 (1:28 pm)

    Cow disappeared in 1973 (West Seattle High Seniors kidnapped it) but it was returned a few days later but shorter (legs had been sawn at the hoof)

  • Cynical girl November 17, 2015 (1:36 pm)

    Udderly amusing!

  • Craig November 17, 2015 (1:38 pm)

    That’d be lean beef. Possibly ground beef if the wind knocks it off the roof.

  • Panda November 17, 2015 (2:02 pm)

    …and Craig takes the lead!!!

    The wind appears to have knocked over the fruit part of the sign as well. Amazing!

  • Just saying November 17, 2015 (2:12 pm)

    I’d steer clear. Oh, my mis-steak, likely not a transit related issue… it was the wind not a road diet…

  • trickycoolj November 17, 2015 (2:16 pm)

    I really needed this laugh WSB! Especially after the stream of messages coming in from my relatives in Germany about the latest threats in Hanover.

    • WSB November 17, 2015 (2:27 pm)

      I hope they are safe, Tricky.

  • Paula November 17, 2015 (2:40 pm)

    LOVE your humor. THANKS!

  • Superior General Contruction Llc November 17, 2015 (2:54 pm)

    The famous cow has been lassoed securely to its rooftop corral. 😀

    • WSB November 17, 2015 (3:01 pm)

      Just received a Twitter pic of that from @MetPatrick and am adding. Thanks! – TR

  • miws November 17, 2015 (3:01 pm)

    What a mooving story…



  • Smokeycretin9 November 17, 2015 (3:07 pm)

    If it falls off the building, it will be Ground Beef

  • westseattledood November 17, 2015 (3:28 pm)

    That would be the humorous side, yes?

    Don’t bother…I’ll show myself out.

  • newnative November 17, 2015 (3:36 pm)

    I hope the Hamburger Helper is safe up there.

  • Christopher Boffoli November 17, 2015 (3:40 pm)

    Clearly some commenters here are milking this story for all that it’s worth. Personally, I find this very mooving.

  • Rick November 17, 2015 (4:19 pm)

    A regular cowtastrophe.

  • Albatross November 17, 2015 (5:35 pm)

    Sorry, but the year the cow was stolen during the 1981/1982 school year, and it was taken by seniors of class of 82, from students at Chief Sealth High, not West Seattle High School

  • Matt S. November 17, 2015 (5:43 pm)

    Posts that bluster into wordplay are my favorite.

  • pupsarebest November 17, 2015 (6:51 pm)

    It behooves us to ruminate on this situation. Let’s not be cowed by the forces of Mother Nature.

  • miws November 17, 2015 (7:20 pm)

    Comment from a friend of mine, on my Facebook page, on my share of WSB’s FB mention of this:

    “Don’t know why…there’s a cow tipped on its side…Stormy weather…”



  • John Q Lincoln November 17, 2015 (7:25 pm)

    I thought downer cows were banned from the food supply. I shouldn’t be so quick to follow the herd.

  • Buttercup November 17, 2015 (7:29 pm)

    Is this the appropriate time to use the phrase ” when cows fly”? :)

  • JayDee November 17, 2015 (7:38 pm)

    @pupsarebest: Milton had a circle of hell reserved for punsters. I’ll save a seat for you. :-)

  • Kara November 17, 2015 (10:01 pm)

    That cow has a long history of being kidnapped, multiple times. My dad told me about it happening when he was growing up in the 50s/60s.

  • 1111comet November 18, 2015 (10:42 am)

    Store used to be Bea’s (or Bee’s) Locker. Folks used to store sides of beef they bought in the freezer units there. Stayed in the little white house behind store one summer in 1960. Loved to go in there for candy & ice cream – thought the cow was so cool! I moved to the same area years later & even though the store has changed hands a few times the cow has remained!

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