roadside attractions

Roadside Oddity: the Virgin Mary Tree in Houston’s Garden Oaks Neighborhood

December 1, 2022 | By Layne Van Vranken

Every so often you’ll hear about an apparition or religious imagery taking form in the oddest of everyday objects.

Roadside Oddity: How a Champion Baton Twirler Inspired Benavides’ Welcome Sign

August 1, 2022 | By Marisa Charpentier

If you meet Yvonne “Bonnie” Palacios today, you’d be hard-pressed to learn she’s a six-time world champion baton twirler.

Roadside Oddity: the Metal Art of the Eclectic Menagerie in Houston

June 7, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

Roadside Oddities: the Legacy of Dan Phillips, Creator of Huntsville’s Boot House

January 19, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

Roadside Oddity: The Killer Bee of Hidalgo, Texas

October 13, 2021 | By Tyler Stoddard Smith

There’s a line in Act IV of Hamlet, where Claudius says to Gertrude, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” Change the word “sorrows” to “bees,” and while the result may be an unpopular sentiment among Shakespeare scholars, it will assuredly resonate with people who have faced down the threat of a swarm of killer bees.

A Teen Beekeeper’s New Shop Is All the Buzz in Castroville

May 24, 2021 | By Mary Huber

When Trent Anderson was 14, he stumbled upon some old beehive boxes in his grandfather’s trailer in Lytle, just southwest of San Antonio, and decided to fix them up for a friend.

Roadside Oddity: The Giant Longhorn Skull of Bandera

April 26, 2021 | By John Nova Lomax

Presiding over the southern approach to the rootin’ tootin’ cowboy town of Bandera, fixing its steady-yet-vacant gaze on the Medina River, is a giant polyurethane foam and fiberglass sculpture of a Longhorn skull.

Roadside Oddity: The Easter Island Heads of Victoria

February 10, 2021 | By John Nova Lomax

Befitting the enigmatic nature of their inspirations, the five Easter Island heads of Victoria are cloaked in mystery.

Roadside Oddity: The Woody Guthrie ‘This Land Is Your Land’ Sculpture in Pampa

January 14, 2021 | By Michael Corcoran

Woody Guthrie is known as an Okie, but he spent eight formative years in the Texas Panhandle town of Pampa.

Roadside Oddity: Richmond’s Trio of Jumping Cows

December 4, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

The tip was cryptic, even by some of the other bare-bones offerings at Roadside America, a popular website for “offbeat tourist attractions.”
“Just driving along and all of a sudden… jumping cows and other sculptures appear to make you smile.

The Curious State of the Texas Vehicle Inspection Sign

November 18, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

As a child, I was a collector. You name it, I hoarded it: postage stamps, coins, lead soldiers, the cards of whatever sport was in season.

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