Canadian, Texas: Gene Cockrell's Yard Art
- Marshall Drive, Canadian, TX
- Gene lives east of town. Take US 60/83 to the south side of town, and turn east onto Cheyenne Ave. (which eventually turns into Marshall Drive). Drive east, through the four-way stop at Main St., and continue east for another 1.5 miles. Look for the house on he left with the statues on the lawn.
- Private residence, but can be photographed from the road
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Gene Cockrell has been building his own concrete statues in his yard ever since he retired in the early 1990s. Jesus, cheerleaders, dinosaurs, flying saucers -- it's an odd mix. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/29/2011]
A stop on Roadside America's 7-day Los Angeles to New York Hypertour. Gene shows us the "Once Nude" cheerleader and drives us out to Audrey, the dinosaur. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Gene Cockrell's Yard Art
The first thing is, Gene Cockrell does NOT live in town. Previous directions were-Take 60/83 to south side of town. Turn East on Cheyenne Ave. (which will turn into Marshall Drive) Drive East thru the 4-way Stop on Main. Continue on Marshall Drive until you think you have driven too far, then drive some more. (1.5 miles East) Drive past a hacienda style house on left with a board fence. Quick, on the left is Gene Cockrell's home. Even though the sculptures are a feat to accomplish, they don't deserve the hype they are given on this website. They are old and the paint is faded. I am given to understand that Mr. Cockrell is quite old, which could account for the condition of the sculptures. If you see the dinosaur on the hill outside of town, you will be disappointed by the sculptures in his yard. Not worth a side trip through Canadian, TX to see.[Janis S, 03/18/2012]
We stopped in to see Gene again last summer. He wasn't well enough to tend to the yard sculptures like he used to, but they were all still there for public enjoyment! Probably not much longer though....