Cowboy Statues (page 3)

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9th Avenue SE
Watertown, SD

10th St. NW
Watertown, SD

These two Cowboy statues in Watertown are about 30 feet tall. They are installed at Cowboy Country Stores, a convenience store chain with three locations at Sinclair gas stations. Both statues were installed by 2002 and are probably much older than that. [9th Avenue SE map]; [10th St. NW map]

Cowboy Riding a Bronco
Lemmon, SD
This Cowboy Riding a Bronco sculpture was created by John Lopez from scap metal. It was installed in front of Lemmon High School in 2012. [map]

Lemmon, SD
This Cowboy sculpture was also created by John Lopez from scap metal in 2016. It depicts George Edward Lemmon who was a famous cattle rancher after whom the town was named. The sculpture is installed in Boss Cowman Square. [map]

Cowboy Riding a Triceratops
Lemmon, SD
This Cowboy Riding a Dinosaur sculpture was also created by John Lopez from scap metal. It was installed in front of the Grand River Museum around 2008. [map]

Pleasanton, TX
This bronze Cowboy sculpture is installed in front of City Hall. It is just over eight feet tall. It was created by John Taschl in 1969 and produced at the Modern Art Foundry in Long Island, NY. The statue was dedicated in 1970. [map]

Hitchhiking Cowboy
Benjamin, TX
This Hitchhiking Cowboy statue was installed in front of the Penman's gas station in 2016. It was created by Joe Barrington. [map]

Cowboy [gone]
Mesquite, TX
Cowboy [gone?]
San Antonio, TX
Big Tex
Dallas, TX
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 in San Antonio was located on the roof of the former Kallison's Western Wear store. The concrete statue had been there since at least the 1940s. The store closed in 2002 but the statue remains. In 2019, the statue was removed for restoration. However, it's still missing in 2022. [map]

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.

Giant Cowboy
Dalhart, TX
This Giant Cowboy statue is about 20 feet tall. It was originally located in front of the Texas Cowboy Cafe. The statue's legs arched over the entrance. It was moved here in the 1960s. 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. Before Tex Randall was built, there was a smaller, similar cowboy on the other side of the building.

Tex 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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