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.

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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.

Valerie Bromann

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.