Giant statue along U.S. 54 between Alamogordo and Tularosa honors Otero County pistachio grower.
There’s the world’s largest baked potato in Blackfoot, Idaho; the world’s biggest buffalo in Jamestown, N.D.; a mammoth lobster in Shediac, N.B., Canada — and of course Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo and the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.
But now, according to the Alamogordo Daily News, you can visit a giant statue of the world’s largest pistachio in Otero County.
You can see it alongside U.S. 54 between Alamogordo and Tularosa, at McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch, where ranch owner Tim McGinn had the statue raised in memory of his late father, Tom McGinn, who founded the pistachio and grape farm, the Daily News said.
“A monument for my father was my passion since the day he passed away on Aug. 4, 2007,” Tim McGinn told the Daily News. “I wanted to erect a proper monument that would represent his enormous passion for the creation of a pistachio farm in the bare desert.”
The 30-foot-tall stucco shell of a giant nut sits on a 9-foot base that contains about five yards of concrete and is covered with about 35 gallons of paint, McGinn told the paper.
The model for the statue was found in McGinn’s crop of pistachios, he told the Daily News.
“We found this perfectly shaped nut. We held it up and used it for the design,” McGinn said. “I hope this becomes a landmark for this stretch of highway and this area … I also hope it improves the pistachio industry for all of us around here. I have seen people gawk as they drive by, then get out of their car to take photographs.”