When everything is bigger in Texas, statues are no exception. Although they’re located in different parts of Texas, their size and unique subject matter help makeup the independent nature of the Lone Star State. Before you hit the road, add these statues to your itinerary. Don’t forget to bring your camera, so you can take one-of-a-kind pictures with these giant Texas statues!
100-172 E Dickinson Blvd, Fort Stockton
Beep, beep! Try not to slam on your brakes if an 11-foot tall roadrunner looks like it is running along I-10 in west Texas. He will not cross the road because this “Town Mascot” is there to welcome you to Fort Stockton. His name is Paisano Pete and he’s made of 860 pounds of fiberglass. He was the biggest roadrunner statue in the world, until another roadrunner in Las Cruces, New Mexico dethroned him from the title. But even as the second biggest roadrunner, the most creative coyote could not outmatch him. During holiday season, Paisano Pete can be seen sporting a Santa hat and festive sweater. Take a family photo with this cool bird and make it a special Texas Christmas card!
Jack Ben Rabbit
ECISD Administration Building, 802 N. Sam Houston, Odessa
Experience the hoppy-ness that is Odessa, Texas with the Jack Ben Rabbit Statue! The statue was built to honor the jackrabbit roping competition in Odessa. It wears a red, white and blue ribbon on its neck with a map of Texas carved into the medallion. A star in the center signifies the city of Odessa. Former Attorney General and the statue’s namesake John Ben Sheppard had the idea of Jack Ben Rabbit during his term as Odessa Chamber of Commerce president in 1962. Former head of the Texas Highway Department of Travel Tom Taylor initiated the creation of Jack Ben Rabbit. The 8-feet tall fiberglass statue is situated near the Ector County Independent School District. There are two plaques on each side of the statue about Jackrabbits and the Jackrabbit Rodeo. Since the Jack Ben Rabbit statue was erected, a citywide project in 2005 produced 37 jackrabbit statues and each is painted with an original design.
Sam Houston Statue
7600 TX-75, Huntsville
You might come across a 67-foot-tall man posing with a cane and dressed in a white snappy suit on the way to Huntsville, Texas. His name is Sam Houston (1793-1863) and his statue towers above Interstate 45. Sam Houston is celebrated as a great politician and soldier of the 19th century, who helped build Texas into the Lone Star State. Artist David Adickes dedicated the statue to the City of Huntsville in 1994 and it became the tallest statue of an American Hero in the world! Take pictures with Sam Houston, which is a road trip tradition for many Texas travelers. The Visitor Center offers brochures, maps and interesting videos on Texas. Bring a piece of Texas home with you and check out the souvenir Gift Shop.
650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas
Alongside the I-35E overpasses look for the statue of a giraffe and its long tongue reaching toward the sky, as it munches on a blade of grass. This fellow wants to welcome you to the Dallas Zoo. The Giraffe Statue at the Dallas Zoo stands higher than the Sam Houston Statue and holds the record as the tallest statue in Texas. Artist Bob Cassilly created the 67½-foot-tall statue in seven months. The statue was shipped to the Dallas Zoo in 1997 into pieces on three 40-foot flatbed semis. It took three days to put the giraffe together with the help of a 65-ton crane and 80-foot boom lift. Experience this monumental Texas sculpture, while enjoying the Dallas Zoo that offers 2,000 animals, delicious food and unstoppable fun!
–By Jennifer Murphy