Saturday, August 15, 2015

Village of the Southwest Giants

They say everything is bigger in Texas.  That may or may not be true, but New Mexico sure proves that the closer one gets to the Texas state line, the larger everything begins to appear.  

As a native Californian, I used to assume that the "Golden State" had the richest deposits of wacky tacky roadside.  I've discovered that as our state's population grows denser (in every sense), the weird attractions of which we are so fond are either shrinking into nothingness or relegated to distant outposts.  What I so appreciated about journeying through New Mexico was that the "Land of Enchantment's" many giant attractions are seamlessly integrated into the cityscapes.  It is wonderful to know that generations of residents are enchanted by these bits of roadside whimsy on a daily basis.  At the very least, it is comforting to know that I wasn't the only thyroid case to be found in these Southwestern hamlets!

World's Largest Chili Pepper
47 feet long, NuMex Big Jim varietal

The Big Jim is so big that it can't be concealed by the six-foot cinderblock wall surrounding it.
The early-model Saturn is shown for scale; you know, like a penny in an eBay listing.

World's Largest Propane Tank Disguised as a Rocket
And in other records that nobody cares about breaking (or even verifying)...

World's Largest Pistachio
What a couple of nuts!!!

The World's Largest Cake Dome

Okay, so technically this building was never built with a larger-than-
life theme.  It was only ever a bank building dedicated to Mr. & Mrs.
R.D. Champion...but it is so awesome and totally could pass for Jane
Jetson's futuristic cake dome.  If you have any pull with a citizen of
Alamogordo, NM, please encourage them to buy this jazzy jet-age
building (it is currently listed for $245K) and make it something
awesome...maybe a cake shop or the most awesome house in town!!!

There are plenty more giants where these came from - the drive-thru town of Hatch, NM - but
I like these gentlemen for their straightforward simplicity.  A muffler man holds the hapless 
inhabitants of a mini-Winnebago hostage in the hollow of his hand as he decides whether to 
eat them or allow them to continue northward to Santa Fe while Uncle Sam offers us Hatch's 
most famous foodstuff, the eponymous hatch chile.

And just for good measure, Santa Fe's Museum Hill showed our intrepid troupe of
travelers that the biggest and best things in New Mexico are always influenced
by the spirit and culture of the indigenous populations.

With all of these monolithic marvels, I think I could fit right in this Southwestern "Village of the Giants!"

Dance sequence from Village of the Giants (1965)

World's Largest Chili Pepper
America's Best Value Inn
2160 W Picacho Ave
Las Cruces, NM

World's Largest Propane Tank Rocket
2210 S Valley Dr
Las Cruces, NM

World's Largest Pistachio
McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch
7320 US Hwy 54
Alamogordo, NM

"World's Largest Cake Dome"
The Champion Building
1901 Tenth St
Alamogordo, NM

The Giants of Hatch
Sparky's Burgers (and surrounding environs)
115 Franklin St
Hatch, NM

Santa Fe Museum Hill
710 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM


Mr. Tiny


  1. I love this. I feel like you need to come to Tennessee and we can introduce you to the giant pink elephant wearing glasses and the giant Indian chief possibly giving a Nazi salute. So many good ones to add to your list! Also, I'm glad that rocket clarified itself as being a propane tank in disguise bc I was about to call BS because I was led to believe I saw the largest model rocket when I visited Huntsville Alabama. Whew!

    1. You have no idea how anxious I am to come out and see y'all (am I using that correctly?) in Tennesee!!! I need to start planning and saving because there is so much I want to see and so many awesome people I need to meet!