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Dallas, Texas: Friendly Albino Armadillo

A home-made statue of a white armadillo, wearing a cowboy hat and boots, waves to passing cars from atop a meat market sign.

Nortena Meat Market

10718 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX
Nortena Meat Market. Northeast edge of the city. On the south side of Garland Rd/Hwy 78 just east of Centerville Rd.
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Goofy Armadillo Sign

The armadillo is decked out in a hat and boots. Not sure what it originally advertised.

[Rick Kincaid, 06/26/2015]

It used to be a sign for a meat market. Guess the armadillo chops didn't sell.

Albino Armadillo

The "Albino Armadillo" at what is now the Norteno Meat Market was created by Bob "Daddy-O" Wade, a local sculptor who placed such art in unlikely locations from the late '60s through the '70s and beyond. It was part of what is now a largely forgotten "Cosmic Cowboy" campaign, also part of the Austin music scene of the period. The Armadillo has been repainted several times.

[Lawrence Paul Kaster, 08/13/2013]

Albino armadillo.

Friendly Albino Armadillo

The meat market is gone but the little guy is still there. When you visit him, go the extra mile or two to the Dallas Arboretum. No roadside attractions, but it's still very nice.

[Dan Fulton, 04/02/2013]

White armadillo.

Albino Armadillo

There's a strange, white armadillo standing on the Nortena Meat Market sign. He wears a red cowboy hat, red cowboy boots, and teal gloves. When driving down the road, my husband thought it was an albino rat. Closer inspection revealed an armadillo waving at us. I don't know anyone who has ever eaten armadillo, but if that's what they advertise on their meat market sign, I guess they specialize in road kill.

[Kristy McCoy, 10/25/2012]

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