Photos: Big Tex tops top 10 quirky landmarks list

Photos: Big Tex tops top 10 quirky landmarks list

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The 1952 State Fair of Texas saw the debut of Big Tex, a larger-than-life cowboy who has welcomed guests to the fair ever since. The original Big Tex burned down in an electrical fire in 2012, but he made a Texas-sized comeback the very next year. One of the world's most famous Texans requires a mighty big shirt - it takes a team of Dickies sewing experts up to two weeks to craft the giant garment, complete with 3-inch buttons. His boots? Size 96 Lucchese replicas.




Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 12:56 PM

USA TODAY readers love America's quirky landmarks, and none moreso than Dallas's famous Big Tex, which landed at #1 after four weeks of passion-fueled voting in a contest chosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best.


This larger-than-life cowboy has welcomed guests to the State Fair of Texas since 1952, and has been lovingly replaced only once. His boots? Size 96.

Your #2 finisher would also take a prize for unique architecture. The Longaberger home office building in Newark, Ohio, is shaped like a giant wooden picnic basket, replicating the company's primary product.

Alliance, Nebraska's strangely-memorable Carhenge ranked #3 with our readers. This quirky stonehenge replica is built of 38 vintage cars.

Rounding out the top five are Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, in Bemidji, Minnesota; and Seattle's Fremont Troll.

The full list of winners is as follows:

    1) Big Tex - Dallas
    2) Longaberger Home Office - Newark, Ohio
    3) Carhenge - Alliance, Neb.
    4) Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox - Bemidji, Minn.
    5) Fremont Troll - Seattle
    6) Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, Texas
    7) Beer Can House - Houston
    8) Enchanted Highway - Regent, N.D.
    9) Ave Maria Grotto - Cullman, Ala.
    10) Peachoid - Gaffney, S.C.

Three of the winners are from one state - Texas - and South Carolina's Peachoid is familiar to viewers of the original Netflix series 'House of Cards.'

The other ten nominees, also selected by our expert panel of professional photographers, included:

Beer Can House - Houston
Cabazon Dinosaurs - Cabazon, Calif.
Dog Bark Park Inn - Cottonwood, Idaho
Fremont Troll - Seattle
Galleta Meadows Estate - Borrego Springs, Calif.
Goldwell Open Air Museum - Rhyolite, Nev.
Hood Milk Bottle - Boston
Prada Marfa - Marfa, Texas
South of the Border - Dillon, S.C.
World's Biggest Bat - Louisville

Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to voters for your loyalty.