Big Tex #1 with Voters for Best Quirky Landmark
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Longabarger basket building, Carhenge round out top 3
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
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