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Boll Weevil Monument

Downtown Square, Enterprise, AL
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Ranked #4 of 6 Attractions in Enterprise
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: Statue erected in 1919 in honor of the boll weevil, which bought both destruction and renewal to local farmers.
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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157 reviews 157 reviews
43 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Well its interesting, nothing wrong with it, its just in a odd location. Don't go out of your way to see it, but if you passing through look at it. It's kinda in a dangerous place, there is no way to look close at it without risking getting run over by a car! The statue is actually smaller than a... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

I always wanted to see this. Maybe I built it up too much. I was disappointed at its size. Just laughed when I finally saw it.

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Umatilla, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We went a little out of our way to go past this statue because my boys learned about it in their Agriculture Class (even though we live in Florida). It is in the middle of a busy downtown street, so we didn't stop. It is an interesting part of our history.

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Dawson, Georgia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

A little smaller 'bug' than I had anticipated...nice monument, kinda hard to get a pic cause its in the middle of main st.

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Birmingham, AL
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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Interesting monument. Nothing to see really. I wouldn't make a special trip, but since my husband's family lives in Enterprise we took the kids to see it. My daughter was able to answer a question in school that her teacher asked about where the monument was located. She was the only one in her class that knew about it, so... More

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Abilene, Texas
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I think this monument is a beautiful piece of history. It's a reminder of a horrible event in agriculture history that destroyed the mainstay crop, cotton, but led the way to the development of a bigger crop, peanuts. Why not a statue to a bug? It's original and part of the local heritage. It's in the middle of the intersection... More

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Enterprise, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This monument is only about 15 feet tall and sits very unflatteringly in the middle of a 4-way intersection. It is more of a hazard to vehicle safety than anything else as drivers actually have to divert around it as they traverse through. The question at hand is, "is it worth the trip?' Well, I suppose that if you're already... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Great piece of history! A monument dedicated to a BUG! When the Boll Weevil destroyed the cotton crops of the South, the area had to come up with another cash crop to support them. What did they come up with? PEANUTS! This new crop turned into a bigger money maker than the cotton and prosperity spread throughout the land. Happy... More

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Enterprise, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a Kodak photo moment. This is the only statue in the US that is dedicated to a pest. The Enterprise area used to depend on cotton as it's cash crop. The cotton was severely affected by a boll weevil investation and they converted to peanuts. The peanuts proved to be better than cotton as a cash crop and... More

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Enterprise, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Don't bother unless you are just passing through. The Boll Weevil is very small, compared to the rest of the monument. The fascination with this was that it was mentioned in a Weird Al song that came out in the 80's. Again, not worth the gas money it takes to get here. (And I live a couple of miles away.)

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