Dallas' Big Tex Voted "Best Quirky Landmark"

By Emma Goss
|  Friday, Jul 11, 2014  |  Updated 10:08 PM EDT
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The State Fair of Texas icon has been named

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The State Fair of Texas icon has been named "Best Quirky Landmark" by USA Today.

Texans have something "big" to celebrate.

Dallas' iconic 55-foot tall Big Tex cowboy statue was voted "Best Quirky Landmark" in USA Today's Reader's Choice Awards "10Best." The list also includes two other landmarks in Texas as well as Ohio, Nebraska, Minnesota, Washington, North Dakota, Alabama, and South Carolina.

"Our readers love America's quirky landmarks, and none moreso than Dallas's famous Big Tex, which landed at No. 1 after four weeks of passion-fueled voting," USA Today said in a statement Wednesday.

Big Tex, known as the icon of the State Fair of Texas since 1952, burned down in an electrical fire in October 2012 and was rebuilt and unveiled in September 2013 with some modifications to his look.

The makeover included a new pair of boots, a taller stature and a new red, white, and blue shirt.

The second-place quirky landmark was Newark, Ohio's Longaberger home office building, a seven-story building shaped like a picnic basket, the company's primary product.

The third-place landmark was Alliance, Nebraska's "Carhenge," a replica of Stonehenge constructed of 38 vintage cars.

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