Floresville, Texas: Big Peanut for The Peanut King

Possibly the oldest of America's big civic peanuts, this one honors Joe T. Sheehy, "The Peanut King," who died in 1967. It has a place of honor on the courthouse lawn.
1420 3rd St., Floresville, TX
Downtown. On the south side of C St. just east of its intersection with 3rd St., on the courthouse lawn.
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Giant Peanut Memorial

On the Wilson County courthouse lawn in Floresville sits this giant peanut statue. Peanuts have been a major crop in the area for some time. The plaque below it states that it was erected by the Jaycees and Jaycee-ettes and is dedicated to the citizens of Wilson County.

The sign to the right states: "In loving memory of 'The Peanut King' Joe T. Sheehy who in 1916 experimented with peanut farming and introduced it as a viable crop to the farmers of Wilson County." The sign was placed by the descendants of Joe T. Sheehy.

[Rick Kincaid, 12/01/2014]

We remember seeing this peanut in the 1980s, but forgot where it was. Thanks for tracking it down!

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