When I was first in Rockport, Texas last year, I searched RoadsideAmerica.com for local odd roadside attractions. I saw one item: a post stating the World’s Largest Blue Crab was no longer there.
What? NO giant crab? I live for seeing giant, wacky stuff like that. It just makes me laugh; I don’t know why. So I was disappointed to learn it had been destroyed by the big storms, removed, and buried (???) long ago. Ooh, I wonder where the grave is?
Well, I settled for the “Big Tree” in nearby Lamar, and the “World’s Longest Fishing Pier”. Seeing as how this is Texas, the Land Where Everything Is Bigger, I was expecting a MASSIVE tree. Having been a long-time resident of northern California, the Land of the Giant Sequoias and Oaks, I was a bit disappointed when I saw the size of the ‘Big Tree’.
As fortune would have it I get to visit my friends on the Texas coast fairly often. You can imagine my delight during a recent trip when I saw the World’s Largest Blue Crab was back! I made my friend stop so I could take pictures.
Recreated to match the coloring of the original, artist David Allgood made this one out of aluminum and fiberglass. It measures 27 feet by 25 feet.
This is probably the coolest roadside attraction in Rockport, not that there are a lot of wacky roadside attractions in the area. (Check my previous post, Oddities in Rockport, for the Big Tree, the World’s Longest Fishing Pier, and others.)
The World’s Largest Blue Crab sits on Seabreeze Drive at the entrance to Rockport Beach Park.