Mount Rush Hour.

Mount Rush Hour

Field review by the editors.

Houston, Texas

A Lone-Star-State-skewed version of Mount Rushmore, placed by sculptor David Adickes (who has built other big things in Texas) at a notorious Houston bottleneck.

Giant busts of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sam Houston, and Stephen Austin give morning commuters something to look at as they creep into downtown from the northwest suburbs. Across the bases it is labeled: "A Tribute to American Statesmanship."

So while you're caught in an interminable traffic snarl, gaze into the patient gaze of any of our hero Statesmen and still your rage. But if you want to admire the sculptures up close, you have to get off of the freeway.

Nov. 2016: Vandals defaced the heads, adding spray paint swastikas, vampire fangs, and the words "BLOOD" and "OIL" on lapels.

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Mount Rush Hour

Address:
Edwards St., Houston, TX
Directions:
FROM NORTH: I-45 exit 49-B (FROM SOUTH, EAST, WEST: I-45 exit 50-A, then turn left under the freeway to head south). Take the southbound frontage road, which crosses Main Street and turns into Houston Ave. Continue south on Houston, cross I-10, then take the seventh left onto Edwards Street, which dead-ends at Mount Rush Hour.
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