World's Tallest Man, Robert Wadlow


Alton Illinois

"In 1918, Alton's most famous son was born: Robert Wadlow. This gentle man became known as "the gentle giant" as he grew to become the world's tallest man. At the age of 22, he died the World's Tallest Man - 8 feet, 11.1 inches. His death in 1940 attracted more than 30,000 mourners, and his life-size statue stands in honor of his towering character and inspiring story."

In the center of the town of Alton stands a statue comemmorating Mr. Wadlow. A great photo opportunity, tourists can stand beside the bronze statue and get some perspective on how tall this man really was. The absence of patina on his right hand shows just how many people take this opportunity. The sculpture itself was made by xxxx, and is actually just a bit smaller that Wadlow himself was.

Also on-site is a bronze replica of Wadlow's chair - for an 'Edippppbth Adnne' photo opp, slide right on in...


World's Tallest Man Stats

From the Guinness Book of World Records:

The tallest man in medical history was Robert Wadlow (USA). When measured in June 1940, shortly before his death, he was 8ft. 11.1 in. (2.72 m.) tall. His greatest recorded weight was 491 lb.(222.71 kg) on his 21st birthday. He weighed 438 lb. (199 kg) at the time of his death. His shoe size was 37AA (18.5 in. or 47 cm long) and his hands measured 12.75 in. (32.4 cm) from the wrist to the tip ofthe middle finger. His arm span was 9 ft. 5.75 in. (2.88 m) and his peak daily foodconsumption was 8,000 calories. At the age of nine, he was able to carry his father, Harold F. Wadlow, who stood 5 ft. 11 in. (1.8 m) and weighed 170 lb. (77 kg), up the stairs of the family home.


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