roadside oddity

Roadside Oddity: The Giant Uvalde Cut-outs

February 15, 2024 | By Sarah Thurmond

Our state is full of novelties, many of which have a peculiar story of how they came to be on their particular bend of the road—and we’re on a quest to tell them all.

Roadside Oddity: The ‘Marfa Payphone’

January 10, 2024 | By Sarah Vasquez

Pay phones are a relic of the past. With the emergence of cellphones, the public phones that let you make a call for a quarter became obsolete starting in the early 2000s.

Roadside Oddity: The Mysterious Tower Along I-35 Takes Inspiration from Inventor Nikola Tesla

October 13, 2023 | By Andrea Luttrell

About 50 miles south of downtown Dallas on Interstate 35—when the strip malls of the metroplex give way to cornfields—a strange tower stands sentry over an empty field.

Roadside Oddities: Texas’ Weird and Wild Attractions

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Roadside Oddity: Flying Herd of Buffalo in Abilene

January 31, 2023 | By Loretta Fulton

The flying herd of buffalo towering over the eastern edge of downtown Abilene isn’t an illusion created by a blazing sun but the realization of local artist H.C.

Roadside Oddity: The Statue of Old Yeller in Mason

December 24, 2022 | By Dale Weisman

“We called him Old Yeller. The name had a sort of double meaning. One part meant that his short hair was a dingy yellow, a color that we called ‘yeller’ in those days.

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: The Lone Grave in Hearne

October 26, 2022 | By Marisa Charpentier

If you’ve ever traveled through East Central Texas—say, from Austin or Dallas to College Station—you’ve probably passed through Hearne.

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 Oddity: The Cartoon Saloon’s Sweet Spot ‘Between Comfort and Welfare’

March 17, 2022 | By Jacqueline Knox

It all started with a bunch of empty Lone Star Beer cans. In December 2013, J.P.

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

January 19, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

Roadside Oddity: Beaumont’s 1901 Lucas Gusher Launched Texas’ Oil Industry

January 7, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

Imagine driving down State Highway 69 through south Beaumont and seeing a vintage oil derrick. Suddenly, a geyser of water spews from the top, shooting a full 100 feet in the air.

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.

Roadside Oddity: The Geographic Center of Texas Between Brady and Brownwood

September 27, 2021 | By Paul Brown

Texas is so big, the landmarks available to visit seem endless: the Alamo, the State Capitol, and the State Fair’s Big Tex, just to name a few.

Roadside Oddity: The Return of Alley Oop Day and Fantasy Land in Iraan

June 2, 2021 | By John Nova Lomax

Back in the spring of 1964, West Texans in towns like Iraan were in something of an existential crisis.

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: Bronze Bust of Knute Rockne in Rockne, Texas

March 4, 2021 | By Michael Corcoran

Drive on Farm-to-Market Road 535 through the Bastrop County town of Rockne and you may notice a bronze bust on a stone pedestal surrounded by a meditative garden.

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 June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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