Big Tex #1 with Voters for Best Quirky Landmark
Our 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. 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. #photoOpp!
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:
- Big Tex - Dallas
- Longaberger Home Office - Newark, Ohio
- Carhenge - Alliance, Neb.
- Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox - Bemidji, Minn.
- Fremont Troll - Seattle
- Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, Texas
- Beer Can House - Houston, Texas
- Enchanted Highway - Regent, N.D.
- Ave Maria Grotto - Cullman, Ala.
- 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.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo
Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer and photographer whose photos, represented by Alamy and Getty Images, have appeared in publications around the world. He is the author of Odysseus’ Last Stand, which received the Silver Medal for Travel Book of the Year in 2006 from the Society of American Travel Writers.
Senior Photo Editor for 10Best, Lydia has traveled to more than 30 countries around the world, camera in hand. Her photography has appeared in Time Out Beijing, National Geographic Traveler and in several online publications. In 2012, she was the runner-up in the Frommer's Cover Photo Contest. She's currently living and photographing along the beaches of Southern Brazil, but a year-long RV trip through the U.S. to capture some of these very images of "Americana" sits high on her bucket list.