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10 Tallest Statues in the United States

The ten tallest statues located in the United States.

These are the ten tallest statues in the United States complete with heights, locations, artists who sculpted them, years they were constructed and their locations. All of the statues are visible from long distances due to their great heights and some of them are the best known and most recognizable sculptures in the world. Visitors are welcome at all these statues and monuments and most of them are very popular tourist attractions in the United States.

1) Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor

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The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor and the Lady Liberty herself stands 151 feet tall while the pedestal she stands on is 154 feet tall. So the total height of the statue and pedestal is 305 feet. The Statue of Liberty is made of copper hung on a steel frame with the torch coated in gold leaf. Artist Francis Auguste Bartholdi sculpted the statue in 1886 while architect Richard Morris Hunt designed the pedestal. Today the Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous statues in the world and is open to the public for tours and is a very popular tourist attraction in New York.

2) Our Lady of the Rockies in Butte, Montana

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Our Lady of the Rockies is a cast concrete statue of the Virgin Mary and stands 90 feet tall and is located atop the Continental Divide overlooking the city of Butte, Montana. The statue was Bob O'Bill who promised the Virgin Mary he would build a statue if his wife recovered from the cancer she was suffering from. His wife recovered and O'Bill with the help of many in the city of Butte began building Our Lady of the Rockies in 1979 and in 1985 the statue was airlifted to its present location by the Army National Guard. Bus tours to the base of Our Lady of the Rockies are available from Butte and a tram that would lift visitors the roughly 2,000 vertical feet from Butte to the statue spread out over 1 mile is in the works.

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3) Golden Driller in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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The Golden Driller Statue stands 76 feet tall and is located in front of the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The statue was built by the Mid-Continent Supply Company in 1953 for the International Petroleum Exhibition and moved to the Tulsa Expo Center in 1966. The Golden Driller statue is composed of cast concrete and plaster and depicts and oil worker with his hand on top of a real oil derrick.

4) Tribute to Courage Sam Houston Statue in Huntsville, Texas

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Tribute to Courage is a cast concrete statue of Sam Houston that is 67 feet tall standing on top of a 10 foot granite pedestal located in Huntsville, Texas. The statue was built by artist David Adickes and dedicated to the city of Huntsville in 1994.

5) Giraffe Statue at the Dallas Zoo

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Located 3 miles south of downtown Dallas at 650 South R L Thorton Freeway right in front of the Dallas Zoo is the 67 foot tall bronze and plexiglass Dallas Zoo Giraffe Statue.

6) Christ of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Christ of the Ozarks is a cast concrete statue that stands 65.5 feet tall and is located on top of Magnetic Mountain in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Christ of the Ozarks was built by sculptor Emmet Sullivan, who also worked on Mount Rushmore, in 1966 for Gerald L. K. Smith. The statue is somewhat controversial due to its odd depiction of Jesus and Smith's involvement in racist organizations.

7) King of Kings in Monroe, Ohio

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King of Kings is a styrofoam and fiberglass statue that stands 62 feet tall and is located in front of the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio. The statue depicts Jesus from the waist up with arms uplifted to the sky and is clearly visible from I-75 on the east side as it goes through Monroe. King of Kings was designed by Brad Coriel and sculpted by James Lynch in 2004. The statue looks like a butter sculpture and has been nicknamed Big Butter Jesus as well as other nicknames like Touchdown Jesus and Drowning Jesus.

8) Vulcan Statue in Birmingham, Alabama

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The Vulcan Statue is a 56 foot tall cast iron sculpture located in Vulcan Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The statue was sculpted by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti in 1903 for the city of Birmingham which exhibited the Vulcan Statue at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition or St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 in St. Louis, Missouri. After the fair was over the Vulcan Statue was shipped back to Birmingham in pieces and eventually reconstructed at the Alabama State Fairgrounds. Originally the statue depicted the Roman God Vulcan uplifting a spear but the spear got lost during shipping and over the years Vulcan was used for advertising and seen holding up an ice cream cone, a Pepsi bottle and a Heinz pickle. In 1936 Vulcan was moved to his present day home in Vulcan Park and placed upon a 126 foot pedestal and was even given a new spear in 2001.

9) Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota

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The Jolly Green Giant Statue is constructed of fiberglass and stands 55 feet tall along US Highway 169 one mile south of I-90 in Blue Earth, Minnesota. The statue was built by Creative Displays at the behest of local radio station owner Paul Hedberg who got permission from the Green Giant Company in Blue Earth to build the statue and then raised the money needed from local businessmen. The Jolly Green Giant Statue was erected in 1978 and is a landmark roadside attraction in Minnesota today that is maintained by the city of Blue Earth who place a red scarf around the giant's neck each Christmas.

10) Black Hawk Statue or The Eternal Indian in Lowden State Park, Illinois

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The Black Hawk Statue also known as The Eternal Indian is constructed of concrete and stands 48 feet tall in Lowden State Park in Oregon, Illinois. The statue was built by American sculptor Laredo Taft in 1911 and stand on a 77 foot high bluff overlooking the city of Oregon across the Rock River in Lowden State Park. Taft was from the area and would often stand on the spot of the statue and loved the view looking down over the river into the city below which inspired him to build the Black Hawk Statue of Eternal Indian and place it on the spot.

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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_tallest_statues_in_the_United_States

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Comments (16)
kate smedley

Stunning pictures and article yet again Joe.

This is very cool, I think the statue from Ohio is really amazing.

Great article and pictures! I'm out of votes and wanted to buzz this up but it's strange that the bookmarking sites on every article is missing on the page.

Nice job on this article.

Thanks AJ, noticed that too about the bookmarking sites.

wow, the US probably has more tall statues than any other country.

An excellent read! My favourite is the Our Lady Of The Rockies.

Chaffyn

The 'Christ of the Ozarks' is known in this Ozarkean northwest corner of Arkansas as, alternatively, 'Gumby', the 'Cardboard Jesus', or the 'Milk Carton Jesus'. It disgraces the landscape. The sculptor must have been chuckling when he collected his commission.

It originally was to be much taller, but at the intended height the FAA was going to require a blinking red light on the fellow's head. So he was cut off at the knees. Fitting?

Thanks for the info Chaffyn. It is an odd looking statue for sure.

Great travel article with some lovely photos selected for it!

Great review of these statues; I don't know which I prefer. The statue of Liberty is likely the most famous one but I like certainly the others too. This one of Ourl Lady seems me magnificient. I wished I could see them in reality

Good article, Joe, nice presentation. @Chaffyn: Art is in the eyes of the beholder. It really doesn't matter if Jesus' knees were cut of at the knees; the first thing I see is his outstretched arms........embracing and inviting everyone in.

Thanks for the tour, Joe. Good work as usual, my friend.

Great article and photos! I wonder if the King of Kings causes any accidents among unsuspecting drivers on the Interstate?

Great article. I like all those statues you listed here, well done.

Eric

What about "The Cross at the Crossroads" in Effingham, Illinois? It stands 198 ft tall.

Depends if you consider the cross a statue or not.

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