“the largest roadrunner in the world”
Paisano Pete Fort Stockton was named a True Texas Icon as “Town Mascot” in the September 2011 issue of Texas Highway’s magazine. Paisano Pete, located in the center of town on the corner of Main and Dickenson, is unarguably one of the most recognizable roadside attractions in the southwest.
Paisano Pete, was erected in 1980 and declared the largest roadrunner in the world, at 11 feet tall and 22 feet long. Since that time a larger replica of a roadrunner has been constructed of recycled materials in New Mexico.
“Pete” was the idea of Mayor Gene Cummings and has been an enduring symbol of the community since his arrival. He has recently been renovated and his vivid brown striped feathers and white belly shine brighter than ever. Poised mid-stride, seemingly ready to dart across the West Texas landscape, Pete remains one of the most photographed ”birds” in the world.
So cool. Really great activity for the whole family. :)
Had to stop and pay tribute (make a mends) in honor of the one we sent to meet his maker, previously on our trip.
Do not stop. I warned you.
Great place to stop and stretch and photo op!
There is a road runner painted on the ramp of the overpass/highway exit
So cute! Perfect for a quick stop to get a picture and then fill up your gas!
Super short fun photo op! By trees! Easy to find!
The train station was better across the street.
Nice, shady spot to snap a pic and stretch the legs. Not much else.
In true road trip fashion, we had to stop for a group photo. What we will do with that photo is anyone's guess. Great stop to break the trip up.
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