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Statue of the Founder of Whataburger

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Corpus Christi, Texas

Cattle are among the more abundant natural resources of Texas, so it makes sense that someone in Texas would funnel that meat into a fast food burger chain. That someone was Harmon Dobson, and that chain is Whataburger, which he started in a Corpus Christi shack in 1950, and which today numbers some 700 restaurants, the majority of them still in Texas.

Harmon never lived to see his shack become a regional burger empire; he died in a plane crash in 1967. He also never lived to see his life-size statue unveiled just outside Whataburger's fancy Corpus Christi flagship store in 1999. Bronze Harmon now sits on a bronze bench just inside the main entrance, his arm slung across the bench back as an invitation to join him while you eat your Whataburger. It's a shrine to "Our Founder." He has a toothy grin and a shirt pocket full of cigars.

Statue of the Founder of Whataburger


121 N. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX
Take I-37 until it ends, then continue east to Shoreline Blvd. Turn right and drive south for nine blocks. The statue is inside the A-frame candy-striped "Whataburger by the Bay" fast food restaurant.
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