Cowboy Statues (page 1)

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Wickenburg, AZ
Cowboy [gone]
Mesquite, TX
F. McLintock's Saloon
Pismo Beach, CA
The Cowboy statue in Wickenburg is located in front of the Gold Nugget Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge. The life-sized sculpture is painted bronze. It was produced by J. Seward Johnson and is entitled "Vaquero with Guitar". There are several other Johnson sculptures in Wickenburg which were based on local history. They were installed in 2008. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Cowboy statue in Mesquite was installed on the roof of Town East Heating & Air Conditioning when this photo was taken in 2011. The business has since moved to Dallas. The statue may be in storage in the company's warehouse.

This Cowboy sculpture in Pismo Beach stands in front of F. McLintock's Saloon which has been here since the mid-1970s. It is 40 feet tall and was carved from a Monterey cypress tree which used to stand next to the restaurant. The tree died of a bacterial disease and needed to be removed. An artist was called in to carve the statue from the tree. [map]

A.J. Spurs Saloon & Dining
Grover Beach, CA
I believe A.J. Spurs Saloon & Dining has been here since the 1990s. Does anyone know anything about the history of this statue? [map]

Sacramento, CA
This Cowboy is located at Silverado Building Materials and Nursery. It was modeled after Jake, portrayed by Kevin Costner, in the 1985 movie, "Silverado." The statue was built around 1993 and is about 20 feet tall. [map]

Hansen Linda
Liquor Store [gone]
Wichita, KS
Watertown, SD
San Antonio, TX
Cowboy & Horse [gone]
Duncan, OK
The Hansen Linda Liquor Store cowboy was originally installed at a Cowboy Cleaners. There were a dozen Cowboy Cleaners in Wichita by the late 1950s. The interiors featured a Western theme. This statue was about eight feet tall. I don't know if any of the other statues survived but this was the only one still on display. This photo is from 2010. The statue was still there in 2014 but gone by 2015. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

This Cowboy in Watertown is installed at the Cowboy Country Store on 9th Ave SE, a local convenience store chain with three locations in town. The location at 10th St. NW has another one of these statues. [map]

This Cowboy in San Antonio is located on the roof of the former Kallison's Western Wear store. The concrete statue has been there since at least the 1940s. The store closed in 2002 but the statue remains. In 2019, the statue was removed for restoration. It was still missing in 2021. [map]

The Cowboy & Horse in Duncan stood in front of Stockman's Tack & Supply when this photo was taken in 2011. The store moved and brought the statues with them. However, as of 2016, they were not on display.

Big Tex
Dallas, TX
Big Tex is located at the Texas State Fairgrounds. It is moved into storage after the Fair. The original statue was 52 feet tall and weighed three tons. It was built in 1949 with iron pipe from the oilfields. It was built as a Santa Claus statue located in Kerens, TX. In 1951, it was sold to the Dallas State Fair. This Santa was used for the Christmas holidays and then converted into a cowboy in 1952. A voice box was added in 1953.

In 1997, the statue got a complete overhaul which included adding the waving arm. The iron pipes were replaced with steel. His head was originally made of paper mache. He had several heads over the years. The most recent head, hat, hands, and boots were made of fiberglass. In the 1980s, the statue was moved to Kerens for their centennial celebration. Big Tex's head began turning in 2000. In 2002, he got a new wardrobe and voice. In 2012, Big Tex caught fire and was destroyed. A new statue went on display at the State Fair in 2013. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Bienville, LA


This Cowboy in Bienville appears to be a scaled-down simulation of Big Tex as shown above. The gas station and convenience store next to him was known as Boddie's Store. However, the building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2007. The building burned down and was replaced with another one. The statue still stands and was repainted around 2011. However, by 2014, a big chunk of his arm and face were missing. By 2019, things were even worse. The building still appears to be vacant. Does anyone know more about this statue? For more, see this website. [map]

Tex Randall
Canyon, TX
vintage: 2011:
Tex Randall is 47 feet tall and weighs seven tons. He was built in 1959 out of concrete, steel, and wire mesh by Harry Wheeler. Originally known as "The Biggest Texan", he advertised for a Western store. He held a cigarette and wore real denim jeans and a red checkered shirt. He deteriorated over the years and was restored between 1987-1989. Giving in to political correctness, a spur was substituted for the cigarette in his hand. In 2008, it was announced that he was for sale and might be demolished. Danny Byrd purchased him for $5,000 and planned to move him to his restaurant. However, estimates to move him ran upwards of $50,000. In 2010, it was announced that the statue would be restored and a park will be built beneath him. In 2015, the statue was painted with a white base coat. In 2016, the statue was repainted. Although the cowboy does not hold a cigarette like he did originally, his right back pocket appears to be worn from a tin of chewing tobacco. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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