As the country’s second largest state, Texas is full of curiosities. We decided to share some of these not-so-secret gems with a roundup of five of our favorite quirky locations.
Officially titled, "University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge," this amazing Stonehenge Replica was funded by the University of Texas in 2004 and constructed in just six weeks by Connie and Brenda Edwards (compare that to the original Stonehenge which took an estimated 1,500 years to build). Serving as both a teaching tool and a tourist attraction, this nearly-full-size Stonehenge replica is definitely worth a visit!
World’s Largest Killer Bee
When Africanized killer bees made their way into the United States via Hidalgo, Texas, the city decided to honor – rather than shirk away from – their backdoor arrival with a 2,000-pound Killer Bee statue. Now, this tiny community has a place on the map and proudly proclaims itself the killer bee capital of the world.
The Big Tree
Considered to be the oldest live oak in Texas, “The Big Tree” near Rockport is estimated to be anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 years old. With a rich history and a monumental presence – at a circumference of over 35 feet and measuring in at a whopping 45 feet tall! – this hardy oak tree has survived the Civil War, numerous floods and droughts, and at least fifty major hurricanes, including Hurricane Harvey!
If you didn’t have a reason to visit Amarillo, now you do! Funded by Texas millionaire and artist Stanley Marsh 3, and constructed by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels of the avant-garde art group, Ant Farm, Cadillac Ranch was created by burying ten Cadillacs nose-first into the ground. Located off of Route 66, this offbeat Texas attraction is made even more zany by the layers of colorful graffiti that grace the Cadillac’s exteriors.
Yes, it’s true: Texas has its very own Eiffel Tower. Although not to scale, this 65-foot tall tower topped with a bright red Stetson cowboy hat is still an attention getter. Visit the tower at night to see it fully lit in Texas-flag glory.
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