Giant Cow Skull Roadside Attraction

Michael Ely
Submitted by Michael Ely September 12th, 2010
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This giant longhorn skull which is attached to an rock facade / adobe building was built back in the 1970’s. It is located in Amado, Arizona (about 40 miles south of Tucson). Locals have several stories as to the origins of the building, but no one seems to know for sure. Over the years it has been used for many things including a gift shop, a bar, a pizza place and office space. Today it serves as the entrance to The Longhorn Bar and Grill (in business since 1998). This roadside attraction is considered to be one of the largest man-made cow skulls in the U.S. and has appeared in the movies ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ and ‘Boys On The Side.’ It sits directly across the street from another restaurant, the Cow Palace Restaurant, a renowned steakhouse and watering hole for meandering Hollywood stars in the 1930s including the likes of John Wayne, Douglas Fairbanks and Mae West.

2 Responses to “Giant Cow Skull Roadside Attraction”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    I’m not a big one on skulls but can definitely deal with this man made one. I love walking through giant things that are entrances to places. Always gets me into the mood, especially if it’s leading into a restaurant.

    As much as I wish I could say I was a vegetarian I love me some meat and this cow would mentally tweak my brain and taste buds for ultimate dining pleasure.

  2. Markydoodle

    Mark Milligan

    Michael I think this is great. As I get older, something like this just gives me such a charge-something that when I was younger I woulda thought so cliche and a little embarassing for all of us in the west. For some reason places like this almost give comfort.

    It makes me think of those guys that drove around in the 60’s-80’s in big old Cadillac convertibles with the longhorns on the grill, which have for the most part long passed. Cheers!