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“Small dedication to a local hero ”

Boll Weevil Monument
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Enterprise
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Owner description: Statue erected in 1919 in honor of the boll weevil, which bought both destruction and renewal to local farmers.
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

The location of this monument is weird and if you aren't looking you will actually miss the boll weevil itself. It is small and perched on top of a massive white fountain in the middle of an intersection on Main Street. A lot of people want to see it because it is supposed to be a main attraction but it's a simple drive by in my book. If you happen to be feeling brave and want a picture, try going when Main Street isn't busy so you can stand by the fountain in the middle of the intersection. Otherwise, just drive by and snap a picture out of the window if you're so inclined.

Thank Jess R
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Sitting in the middle of "Main" street & College St this fountain is 10' to 12' wide with squirting water jets. In the middle is about an 8' tall female statue (white marble in color) holding, in her hands, above her head an overly large, golden, boll weevil bug. The monument is more to commemorate the switch (forced on the community by the cotton crop blight brought on by boll weevil infestation) to peanut farming than anything else. Cotton, 150 yrs ago was the main crop of the south, including Alabama. This insect destroyed those crops and drove many out of farming and into poverty. This was BEFORE modern day pesticides brought the insect under control. So long ago farmers that held out switched their crops from cotton to peanuts. Which is not a favorite food of the boll weevil. I, for one don't know WHY they would celebrate an insect that drove SO many into destitution. Maybe it just looks better that holding up a "golden peanut". I live in this town & drive by the monument several times a week. ALWAYS see it and shake my head, wondering WHY?

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Although smaller than you might expect, this local treasure commemorates the boll weevil's huge impact on the local economy. It is definitely worth a little study and a quick visit, even if it is a little out of your way.

Thank Layne M
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Great little monument, Im not sure why it's more important to credit a bug instead of George Washington Carver "The Farmer's Best Friend" who is the real reason for the recovery of the crop. Maybe it's a southern thing? Anyway, it's a nice monument but, be careful getting to it as sometimes the traffic can be like one found in a busier city.

Thank 1LuckyDaddy
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

There is a statue of a woman holding a big insect standing in the middle of Main Street. A small plaque nearby says the statue was erected to express appreciation for the boweevil. This is (supposedly) the only monument built in honor of an agricultural pest. Unfortunately, the sign does not explain why the critter is honored. It's just a drive-by attraction. Don't go out of your way yo see it.

Thank Melodycthomas
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