Paris can keep its Eiffel Tower. Only Texas can claim the world’s second largest pecan.
Forget about the fact that it’s not the largest or that it’s not even a real pecan (meh, minor details), but rather a sculpture -- and we use that term loosely -- of a nut created by a dentist. He apparently tired of molding his patient’s bicsupids into what looked like cashews.
Lest we digress, back to Seguin, Texas, where the colossal pecan is located.
Assembled almost 50 years ago, it’s five feet long, 2 and ½ feet wide and weighs 1,000 pounds. The enormous pecan pays homage to Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca who was supposedly held captive near the Guadalupe River or “The River of Nuts” as referred to back then for the abundance of pecan trees, which grew along the river.
Some historians have said Cabeza de Vaca was the first European to ever set foot in the Lone Star State, which makes this find worth the drive for historical purposes. (Wink, wink.)
The small town of Seguin continues to bill itself as “Home of the World’s Largest Pecan,” despite Brunswick, Mo., really having the biggest nut ... err, fake nut, that is.
So if you’re a fiend for all things wacky, enjoy taking post card-like photos in front of obscure finds across the state or simply need a crazy excuse to get out of town -- mark Seguin on you list.
Click here for directions to see the massive nut in Guadalupe County or keep it real on your trip to fake monuments and click here for directions to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas.