Fort Stockton, Texas: Paisano Pete: Giant RoadrunnerBuilt 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.
Visitor Tips and News About Paisano Pete: Giant Roadrunner
Paisano Pete is back and looking great with his new coat of paint. We were told they were going to dress him up as Santa Claus for Christmas.[Lynn Thompson, 11/20/2014]
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]
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 is still here and awesome! There are cowboy cut-out statues across the street.[Carter, 04/04/2011]
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]