Texas is full of attractions
, ranging from museums
to natural attractions
. However, while many of Texas' numerous attractions are unique, some are downright strange or odd. Here's a handful of the most unusual attractions found in the Lone Star State.
Located just outside of Hunt, on the property of the late Alfred Shepperd, Stonehenge II is a 3/5th replica of the original Stonehenge site in Salisbury Plain, England. Stonehenge II was built in the early 1990s and has been a tourist attraction every since. In addition to the Stonehenge replica, the property also houses two Easter Island heads, offering sight-seers plenty to look at while touring the location.
Located on I-40 about 12 miles west of downtown Amarillo (between Exits 60 and 62), Cadillac Ranch is an iconic attraction. Originally placed along Route 66, Cadillac Ranch was moved to its current location in 1997 due to the ever-expanding city limits of Amarillo. The Cadillac Ranch was created by a California-based group of artists known as the Ant Farm at the behest of eccentric Amarillo millionaire and art patron Stanley Marsh 3. Cadillac Ranch consists of 10 Cadillacs planted nose-down into the ground. The 10 cars used were year models 1949, '52, '54, '56, '57, '58, '59, '60, '62, and '64. These models were chosen to represent the evolution of the Cadillac's signature tail fins. Cadillac Ranch gained cult-like status thanks to Bruce Springsteen's ode to this odd attraction.
The invention that was more responsible for taming Texas and the Southwestern United States than any other single element was barbed wire. Offering ranchers an inexpensive way to fence their property to keep cattle in and cowboys out, barbed wire came in many configurations. In fact, the US Patent Office issued more than 500 unique patents for different styles of barbed wire. Many more models were created. The one feature all barbed wire has in common is some sort of protruding spike or spur woven into two or more strands of wire. Due to these "metal thorns," barbed wire was quickly nicknamed "Devil's Rope." Today, the Devil's Rope Museum, located just off Route 66 outside of Graham, TX (actually connected to Route 66 Museum), houses more than 6,000 examples of various barbed wires.
Glen Rose, also known as the Dinosaur Capital of Texas, has long attracted visitors from near and far to see the dinosaur tracks embedded in the Paluxy River bottom. Dinosaur Valley State Park
and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
showcase the evolutionary evidence found in the Glen Rose area. As a response to all of these evolution fervor, in 1985 Carl Baugh founded the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose to feature what he determined to be solid evidence of the creation theory as told in the Bible.
Although it claims to be located at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, the Texas version of the Munster Mansion is actually located at 3636 FM 813 in Waxahachie. Built to replicate the home from The Munsters television series, the Waxahachie Munster Mansion features a dungeon, electric chair, revolving bookcase, secret passageway, and a fire-breathing "dragon" beneath the front stairway. The highlight of the year for the Munster Mansion is Halloween, when the owners traditionally host fundraising parties for local charities.
Ironically, the Cockroach Hall of Fame is located inside a pest control shop. Beyond that bit of irony, this attraction is quirky, odd, and quite funny. On display are numerous cockroaches arranged in dioramas to imitate human celebrities. Among those on display are Elvis Roachley, Norman Roachwell, Liberoachi, Ross Peroach, and Marilyn Monroach.