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Cowboy
Wickenburg, AZ
Cowboy
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.

The Cowboy statue in Mesquite is installed on the roof of Town East Plumbing.

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. For more, see their website.

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?

Cowboy
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.

Hansen Linda
Liquor Store
Wichita, KS
Cowboy
Watertown, SD
Cowboy
San Antonio, TX
Cowboy & Horse
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 is about eight feet tall. I don't know if any of the other statues survived but this is the only one still on display. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

This Watertown Cowboy is installed at a Cowboy Country Store, a local convenience store chain with three locations in town.

This San Antonio Cowboy 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 Cowboy & Horse in Duncan stand in front of Stockman's Tack & Supply.

Big Tex
Dallas, TX
Cowboy
Bienville, LA
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 actually 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 papier-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, 2, 3, and 4.

This Cowboy in Bienville appears to be a scaled-down simulation of Big Tex. 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. These photos are from 2007. The statue still stands and was repainted around 2011. However, by 2014, a big chunk of his arm and face were missing. Does anyone know more about this statue? For more, see this website. [map]

Tex Randall
Canyon, TX
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 substitued 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 will be restored and a park will be built beneath him. You can help with fundraising for this project here. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Giant Cowboy
Conlen, TX
The Conlen Giant Cowboy is about 20 feet tall. It was originally located in Dalhart, TX and stood 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. his father bought it and moved it to Conlen 50-60 years ago. It had previously stood at the entrance to another restaurant that he thinks was called "Cattleman's" at the intersection in Dalhart, TX.

Cowboy
Checotah, OK
This Cowboy statue was originally located at a Western store in Tulsa. In 1970, J.C. Camp bought the statue and moved it to downtown Checotah. It was installed in front of his Western store until the late 1980s. Then, it was moved near the railroad tracks where it is located today.

Cowboy
Albuquerque, NM
This Cowboy sculpture is located at Cabinets and More. It has been there since at least 2001. Does anyone know more about this sculpture? For more, see this website.

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