Pilgrim’s Pride announced, at the request of the Pilgrim family, the historic “Bo head,” a 37-foot lifelike landmark in the image of Pilgrim’s Pride co-founder, Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim, would be removed from its home in Pittsburg. The iconic replica, in front of the Walker Creek office building on Highway 271 North since 2001, will be returned to the Pilgrim family.
An accompanying bronze statue depicting Mr. Pilgrim reading the Bible to his pet chicken, Henrietta, will be moved from underneath the pavilion supporting the “Bo head” to the Pilgrim Bank Mount Pleasant South branch at 2401 South Jefferson Avenue.
Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim died at 89 years old in July 2017. Pilgrim’s maintains an active presence in the community, including a multi-plant poultry processing and prepared foods complex, employing more than 2,300 team members in Mt. Pleasant, as well as a feed mill and hatcheries in Pittsburg.