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Big Tex runs away with Best Quirky Landmark contest, but an iconic Houston spot isn't left out

Big Tex, State Fair of Texas
Big Tex stomped all over the competition to win the title of Best Quirky Landmark in the United States. Photo by Marc Lee
Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo came in at No. 6. Photo by Dawn McMullan
Places-Unique-Beer Can House
Houston's Beer Can House made the list at No. 7. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Big Tex, State Fair of Texas
Cadillac Ranch
Places-Unique-Beer Can House

In a beatdown of epic proportions, Big Tex, the icon of the State Fair of Texas, was voted the Best Quirky Landmark in the United States by readers of USA Today and 10Best.

It was a competition in name only. Although the results don't mention the percentage of votes cast for the lovable Dickies-clad cowboy, as the contest wound down, Big Tex held a lead that befit his giant status.

The second-place finisher — or first loser — was the Longaberger Home Office in Newark, Ohio. The building is shaped like a giant picnic basket, which we have to admit is pretty cool. Texas ended up with three quirky landmarks in the top 10, including Amarillo's Cadillac Ranch at No. 6 and Houston's own Beer Can House at No. 7.

If you're looking to stamp Texas as the best state to visit, you can currently vote for entries in Best Motorcycle Trip and Best National Park.

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