Huge Odd Fantastic and Famous Landmark Statues in Texas
Texas is known for its size and many of the odd, fantastic and famous landmark statues located in the Lone Star State are huge in size and scope. Some of these sculptures many of which are made of bronze are some of the largest sculptures in the world. You will not find these statues in backyard gardens or take any of them home as collectibles except maybe as much reduced in size replicas. All of these huge, odd, fantastic and famous landmark statues are worth a visit if you are ever in Texas near any one of them. Some of them you cannot miss if you are visiting the towns or cities they are located in.
Paisano Pete - Fort Stockton, Texas
Paisano Pete is the largest statue of a roadrunner in the world and welcomes visitors to the city of Fort Stockton. Paisano Pete stands 11 feet tall is 20 feet long and weighs 860 pounds. Fort Stockton is located in west Texas along I-10 and is the northern gateway to Big Bend National Park and Lajitas where the popular Lajitas Resort and Spa is located. In addition to the huge Paisano Pete Statue you are sure to see some huge oil rigs in the area as the giant Yates oil field is located near Fort Stockton.
Sam Houston "A Tribute to Courage" - Huntsville, Texas
The Sam Houston statue in Huntsville is called "A Tribute to Courage" and the huge 67 foot tall statue that sits on a 10 foot high granite base cannot be missed if you are nearby. Sam Houston is famous for defeating the forces of Mexico under the command of Mexican General Santa Anna at the Battle of Jacinto on April 21, 1936 just six weeks after Santa Anna and his forces killed the entire Texan regiment at the Alamo Mission in the Battle of the Alamo. After being defeated at the Battle of Jacinto the Mexican forces were so decimated that Santa Anna was forced to sign the Treaty of Velasco which granted Texas its independence from Mexico. Sam Houston went on to be elected twice as President of the Republic of Texas and also as Governor of the state of Texas once Texas joined the United States. Houston made Huntsville his home and owned two houses in the city and is buried here. Also in Huntsville is the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex and Sam Houston State University.
Giraffe Statue at the Dallas Zoo
At the entrance to the Dallas Zoo is this 67 foot high statue of a giraffe with its tongue reaching up. Giraffes are always using their tongues to reach for food. At the Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia they have a tall wooden walkway or bridge at one end of the enclosure where the giraffes are kept. You can buy food here and feed the giraffes whose great heights puts their faces and tongues right on a level with anyone standing near the top of the bridge and the zoo sells food for feeding the giraffes here. The Dallas Zoo and the giraffe statue are located 3 miles south of downtown Dallas at 650 South R L Thornton Freeway.
Odessa Jackrabbit Statue
Located on the corner of 8th and Sam Houston Street in Odessa, Texas is the tallest hare in the world. The Odessa Jackrabbit statue is 8 feet tall and is a local icon and tourist favorite. How would like to find him in your garden munching on your vegetables? The Midland-Odessa area is also famous for the Odessa Meteorite Crater and the fantastic sunny weather these two cities share.
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
You can see and add your own graffiti if so inclined to the odd 12 half buried Cadillacs at the Cadillac Ranch located just off Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas.
Iwo Jima Memorial at Harlingen
The original plaster statue that served as the model for the Marine Corps War Memorial or Iwo Jima Memorial is on the grounds of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. The bronze statue made from this plaster model stands outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. One of the six marines who raised the flag at Iwo Jima was Corporal Harlon Block who was killed in action at Iwo Jima and was from Harlingen, Texas.
The Equestrian at El Paso International Airport
The Equestrian is a 36 foot tall bronze statue of Don Juan de Oñate Salazar astride his Andalusian horse and holding up the La Toma which was his 1598 declaration that all lands north of the Rio Grande belonged to Philip II the King of Spain. The statue was dedicated in 2007 and stands at the El Paso International Airport.
The Mustangs at Las Colinas
The Mustangs at Las Colinas is a fantastic bronze sculpture of nine larger than life mustangs running through a stream of water. It is located at 5205 N. O'Connor Blvd in Williams Square of Las Colinas Urban Center in Irving, Texas. Believed to be the largest equestrian sculpture in the world the fountains in the square help give the appearance of horses running through water.
Cattle Drive Sculpture in Pioneer Plaza
The amazing bronze Cattle Drive sculpture contains 70 six foot high bronze statues of longhorn cattle or steers and three cowboys or trails riders herding them. This unique sculpture is believed to be the largest bronze monument of its kind in the world and is located in the public park called Pioneer Plaza in the Convention Center District of downtown Dallas, Texas.
Sinclair Dinosaurs in Dinosaur Valley State Park
Located in Dinosaur Valley State Park are two huge dinosaur statues one of a 45 foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex and one of a 70 foot high Brontosaurus or Apatosaurus.
The statues were built for the Sinclair Oil Company's "Dinoland" exhibition at the New York World's Fair in 1964. Sinclair was one of the biggest oil companies in the world at that time and used a Brontosaurus or Apatosaurus as its company logo. After the World's Fair the statues traveled around as an exhibit for a while before ending up in Dinosaur Valley State Park. There are other great dinosaur statues and sculptures in the park too. The dinosaur statues and state park are located 4 miles northwest of Glen Rose, Texas.