Monday, September 13, 2010

Giant Concrete Cowboys - in ABQ?

Hey Road Man --

Been reading teh website and thought you might be able to help: What are some fun stops on or around the Albuquerque area?

Have you heard of a big Red Concrete Cowboy?

Any odd places to check out?



Hi Christine --

Thanks for writing in to Road Trip USA. I hope there's still time for me to help with your trip, because Albuquerque has some great roadside oddities -- the city is really one of the highlights of a RT66 cruise. The whole drive along Central Avenue, from one end of Albuquerque to the other, is a feast of neon sign and eye-catching architecture -- especially at sunset, when the whole scene glows.

A couple of places worth searching out along Central Avenue are the Old Town neighborhood west of downtown, home of the Rattlesnake Museum and some truly historic buildings. On the east side of downtown, on Central Ave near the Univ of NM campus, there are also some great places to eat & drink around "Nob Hill", which keep alive something of the spirit of Route 66: Kelly's Brew Pub is a great place to hang out on a long, late summer evening. URL:

And one of my very favorite Route 66 attractions, Tinkertown, is just east of Albuquerque, on the road up to gorgeous Sandia Crest (Hwy-14 and Hwy-536 -- the summit is near where the Sandia Tram lands.) URL:

Finally, you asked about the Red Concrete Cowboy. Despite me being something of an aficionado of giant figures (Muffler Man, Tex-the-Giant Cowboy in Canyon TX, etc), I'd never heard of him. But I did look him up: URL:

Hope this helps -- Happy Trails,

Jamie Jensen
Road Trip USA


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