The world’s largest: El Paso, Texas

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Notice Alie standing by the base.

“The exception proves the rule.” Usually, I write my blog posts in chronological order, and as a rule, we don’t drive on Interstates.  However, in an effort to visit Death Valley before it becomes too hot for Alie to enjoy, we have been taking I-10 from Lake City, Florida across the country.

Yesterday, we took a few pictures, and I decided to just go ahead and post them.

If you should find yourself in El Paso by choice or by chance (isn’t that a cold recommendation), go out to the airport where you can see the world’s largest equestrian statue.  We went to see it because we saw a photo of it when we visited Eagle Bronze Foundry in Lander, Wyoming, but we had no idea it was so big.  Standing 36 feet tall, the horse’s hooves are two feet wide and two and a half feet long.  It weighs 17 tons.  The detail is amazing.

Another foundry cast the original pieces but was unable to finish the project after several years.  Monte at Eagle Bronze and an engineer completely redesigned the interior structure to enable the piece to resist a category three storm.  Eagle Bronze then finished the work and installed it in less time than their contract allowed — much to the amazement of the El Paso officials.

We stopped in Fort Stockton (think West Texas crude oil) and saw this giant roadrunner.  Then just outside Las Cruces, New Mexico we saw an even bigger one at a rest area on the Interstate.  I don’t know if it is the world’s largest, but it has to be a contender.

Click on photos to enlarge. 

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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2 Responses to The world’s largest: El Paso, Texas

  1. Marjorie Ewell says:

    How wonderful to be able to travel ala Charles Kuralt and see the amazing treasures over over the USA. On top of that, you share it with all your fans.

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  2. Keith & Loraine says:

    Just about couldn’t find Alie standing at the base of the statue. Those Roadrunners are funny little birds. When we were wintering down south, they loved raw meat and would try to come in your unit if you weren’t careful. Love to see and listen to them. Thanks again. Love to you both. Loraine

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