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Boll Weevil Monument

Downtown Square, Enterprise, AL
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Ranked #3 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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Dawson, Georgia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Enterprise, Alabama
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28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is interesting to hear the history behind this bug and see this little monument in the middle of downtown Enterprise. This is the only landmark dedicated to a insect in the U.S. I believe. This town reveres the symbol of this bug. There is even an ice cream dedicated to it at Milky Moo's.

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Enterprise, Alabama
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The boll weevil monument is simply a statue of a woman holding a bug above her head. The Boll Weevil Monument in downtown Enterprise, Alabama, United States is a landmark and tribute erected by the citizens of Enterprise in 1919 to show their appreciation to an insect, the boll weevil, for its profound influence on the area's agriculture and economy.... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Come see our giant golden bug. Or not. Apparently reviews must be 100 characters in length, but there's not that much to write about this "monument." It's an average size statue in the middle of the road. You don't even have to stop driving to see it all. There.

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