Many people think Texas could be its own country, but Texas might be its own world. There are monuments in Texas inspired by the famous monuments of other countries. Do you get too homesick to travel outside our great state? Travel around the world and never leave Texas by stopping at these locations!
Texas Eiffel Tower
2025 Jefferson Rd, Paris
Put away your berets and bring out those cowboy hats because Paris has gone country! The City of Lights met the Lone Star State when Paris, Texas built the Texas Eiffel Tower. It pays homage to their French namesake by replicating the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. A local ironworker’s union built The Texas Eiffel Tower in 1995 and stood 65 feet tall. Paris, Tennessee built a 60-foot-tall Eiffel Tower and later added ten feet, making it taller than the one in Texas. In 1998, Texas added a large red cowboy hat at the top of the tower and became taller than Tennessee’s. However, by 1999, Las Vegas won the race for the highest Eiffel Tower by erecting a 540-foot-tall replica on the Strip. Paris, Texas may not have the tallest Eiffel Tower, but it has the only one with a cowboy hat.
120 Point Theatre Rd S., Ingram
Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England holds the title as one of the “Wonders of the World.” Stonehenge II in Igram, Texas is a 60% scale replica of the original Stonehenge, which was erected on the farmland of Alfred Shepperd and with the assistance of his neighbor Doug Hill. The replica shows a Stonehenge before erosion and weather damage. The original Stonehenge weighs over 4 tons and most stones at Stonehenge II are made of plaster applied to a wire mesh frame that weigh less. Two years after Stonehenge II was built, a pair of Easter Island Heads joined the location. Kids will enjoy running around and playing at the site. Take a memorable family photo at Stonehenge II and share with social media!
Goddess of Liberty
1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Experience a statue inspired by the Statue of Liberty! The Goddess of Liberty statue stands elegantly atop the Texas Capitol. Some say that the Goddess makes the Texas Capitol taller than the U.S. Capitol. The publicity for the construction of the Statue of Liberty at the U.S. Capitol influenced the creation of the Goddess. The Goddess of Liberty was painted white, cast in zinc, weighed almost 3,000 pounds and stood 15 feet, 7½ inches tall. She was placed on the dome in 1888 and held a golden star in her left hand and grasped a sword in her right. The statue was replicated out of aluminum and replaced the original in 1986. Visit the Bullock State History Museum that displays the restored original!
–By Jennifer Murphy