Texas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Offbeat Stuff

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Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Lone Star State has to offer!

Visit thousand-pound concrete horses on Interstate 35, hundreds of fiberglass hippos in Hutto, and the too-many-to-count antlers on a 15-foot deer-horn tree.

Meet a cross-dressing, three-time mayoral candidate; a musician who creates roadkill hats; and a corn-artifact-collecting ...

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Overview

Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Lone Star State has to offer!

Visit thousand-pound concrete horses on Interstate 35, hundreds of fiberglass hippos in Hutto, and the too-many-to-count antlers on a 15-foot deer-horn tree.

Meet a cross-dressing, three-time mayoral candidate; a musician who creates roadkill hats; and a corn-artifact-collecting connoisseur.

Check out a chicken cock-a-doodle-dooing on your bingo square; a sprinkling of oatmeal flakes from the sky; and a blow-the-biggest-bubble chewing gum contest—a sticky situation you’ll love getting into!

Whether you’re a born-and-raised Texan or a recent transplant, author John Kelso will have you laughing out loud as he introduces you to the neighbors you never knew you had and takes you to places you never knew existed—right in your own backyard.

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Kelso, a columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, has toured the great state of Texas, discovering its many oddities. The several hundred descriptive entries, many accompanied by photographs, range from the world's smallest skyscraper (in Wichita Falls) to the Jacksonville Tomatofest to Paisano Pete, the world's largest roadrunner (in Fort Stockton). Items are grouped by rough geographical region. Not all the oddities of Austin are listed together, nor are all the attractions along a particular highway listed in the order in which a tourist would encounter them. This makes the book more useful as a celebration of Texas culture than as a tour guide. Recommended for specialized collections, particularly those with an interest in Texas.--Gwen Gregory, New Mexico State Univ. Lib., Las Cruces Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762741090
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Series: Curiosities Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

John Kelso is an award-winning humor columnist for the Austin American-Statesman. He lives in South Austin, Texas.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     x
Central Texas     1
Hill Country     55
North Texas     77
East Texas     115
West Texas     165
High Plains     207
South Texas     243
Gulf Coast     279
Index     321
About the Author     333
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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    This book has a little bit of everything.

    If you are looking for a book about Texas oddities, curious, or artsy things in Texas look no further. The book is easy to follow, easy to read, and packed full of informtion. This is a Texas travellers dream book, of places to see along the road. The book is just a little dated (Marvin Zindler died a few years back), and is missing a few of the newer oddities in Texas (If you see the Cadillac Ranch on the west side of Amarillo, dont forget to see the Bug Farm on the East side). The book needs a refresher, and it would be perfect.

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