World’s Largest Bowie Knife in Bowie, Texas

They say, “don’t mess with Texas,” and that’s probably good advice to heed. It is especially true here in Bowie, Texas, home of the World’s Largest Bowie Knife.

The giant knife in Bowie, Texas is a cut above the rest. The 3,000 pound roadside attraction weighs 3,000 pounds, and is over 20 feet tall with a 14-foot, 5-inch stainless steel blade.

This Texas roadside attraction was unveiled on April 7, 2016 during the town’s annual Jim Bowie Days festival and was officially certified as the World’s Largest Bowie Knife on June 8, 2017.

The town of Bowie, Texas, was named after James Bowie, a 19th-century pioneer, knife-fighting legend, and creator of the Bowie knife. While Bowie was born in Kentucky, he died at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

The giant Bowie Knife was crafted out of stainless steel with a brass guard and wooden handle, and was meant to mimic, as best as it could, Bowie’s famously prominent original knife.

It took nearly three years for the knife to be come to fruition. The Bowie Chamber of Commerce took on the project in memory of Bob Hadley, the local who first suggested creating this world’s largest thing before unexpectedly passing away in 2013. The project cost around $170,000 and was entirely by private donations (including one private donor who pledged $100,000).

If you’re looking for one of the best roadside attractions in Texas, take a sharp turn off the highway and take a stab at the world’s largest Bowie Knife in in Bowie, Texas.


Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!