Fort Stockton, Texas: Paisano Pete: Giant Roadrunner - Temporarily Gone

Built in 1979, Paisano Pete was for many years the World's Largest Roadrunner. At 22 feet long and 11 feet tall, he's still pretty big. Currently being repainted; he should return Nov. 2014.
Address:
Main St., Fort Stockton, TX
Directions:
Intersection of hwy 290 and Main Street, downtown Fort Stockton.
Hours:
Currently being repainted; he should return Nov. 2014.
Admission:
Free
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Paisano Pete

I visited Paisano Pete this week. Fort Stockton has banners throughout town suggesting you "Take a picture with the World's Largest Roadrunner." However, the official town brochure (rather reluctantly) admits that Paisano Pete is no longer the holder of this particular record.

While visiting Paisano Pete, I suggest a quick visit to the Visitor Center across the street, where they give out free Paisano Pete pins. I am glad to see the citizens of Fort Stockton are still proud enough of their non-record holding bird that they are providing tourists with free souvenirs to commemorate their visit.

[Sarah Troupis, 02/21/2013]
Paisano Pete in Holiday garb. Paisano Pete - Roadrunner

I visited Fort Stockton just before Christmas, and Pete was all decked out for the holidays. Quite the sight!

[Jeanie, 12/28/2012]

Nice work by the town. We hope they're inspired to build Pete a pair of bunny ears for Easter.

Paisano Pete. Paisano Pete - Roadrunner

Paisano Pete is still here and awesome! There are cowboy cut-out statues across the street.

[Carter, 04/04/2011]
Paisano Pete the Roadrunner. Paisano Pete - Roadrunner

The good people of Fort Stockton have done a bit of work to Paisano Pete, now the 2nd largest roadrunner in the world. I visited Pete back in 2002, and going by the pictures, changes include a different paint scheme, removal of the sign with Pete's name and claim as the "World's Largest Roadrunner," and the area surrounding Pete has been altered significantly.

Despite being dethroned as the "World's Largest" Pete has stood the test of time and held up much better than the New Mexico roadrunner.

[Greg Brown, 01/19/2011]
Paisano Pete - Roadrunner

I wasn't all that impressed with Pete, but must say that the combination of Pete and the neighboring drive-thru liquor mart "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere," was so worth it!

Someone seems to have converted a car wash into a drive-in store, complete with "3 Dollar Refills." Of what I can only guess -- totally worth the detour!

[Meredith, 09/15/2010]

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