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October 30, 2012
60 years of happy celebration. We'll all miss you Big Tex!
October 30, 2012
Dear Tex—For the last 53 years, on the last day of the Fair, I've stopped by you on my way out the gate and said, "Goodbye Big Tex! I'll see you next year, if I'm still alive!"

I never thought for a moment that you'd go before me—you were a true and good friend and a loved citizen of Dallas...I will miss you.
October 29, 2012
Awww...Tex, man! This is so hard; you were the beacon for me every year when I got separated from my family while eating at every food stand possible...BT, I will miss you so...hurry back, now.
October 29, 2012
Tex, you were already gone when we arrived at the fair; your absence was felt immediately...everything seemed off-kilter without you there. We can hardly wait to see you again, my old friend.
Love you, big guy.
Cookie Baker
October 26, 2012
Goodbye old friend. I will always remember the good times we have shared together. Oh, the stories we could tell! What is it we used to say "Better to out in a blaze of glory than a whimper. You did just that. I'll miss you my friend.
October 26, 2012
MISS YOU EVERY DAY

LOVE
PATTY
October 25, 2012
I will truly miss you big guy luv ya dot
October 24, 2012
sad.
October 24, 2012
Good By Old Friend. I hope the great people of Texas rebuild you like the "bionic man" really soon. God Bless & RIP. Fond Memories on Road-trips. Missing you in Arizona.
October 24, 2012
Howdy Folks. I have gotten better Advice from Big Tex than my own father. You will be missed
October 24, 2012
R I P. BIG GUY.
gone, but NEVER forgotten.
see ya next year.
October 24, 2012
I was truly saddened when I heard the news. We'll miss you big guy!
October 23, 2012
Enjoyed seeing you every year, like an old friend. Looking forward to seeing the "new & improved" you next year!
October 23, 2012
There were tears in St. Louis when we heard the news about your demise, Big Tex. Maybe you can grow a few more inches in your reincarnation and be taller than the giraffe at the Dallas Zoo!
October 23, 2012
First saw you when I was 6 and you were only 2 in 1954.The wife and I were there opening day this year and saw you in all your glory! Good bye old friend and a Dallas landmark! See you next year and we'll start over again.
October 23, 2012
RIP, big buy. I was fortunate enough to see your smiling face the day before you were tragically cut down in the prime of your life. You brought so many smiles, so much joy, to countless people. You brought families back together. You were more than a giant talking statue. You were the face of our great Fair, and our great state. We shall await your reincarnation next year, though nothing will ever take your place in our hearts. We love ya!
October 23, 2012
I never knew ya but you were like a big brother to me.
October 23, 2012
It was a good run with a lot of great memories. You'll be missed!
October 22, 2012
Big Tex you will always be remembered.....You were the highlight of the fair....can't wait to c you next year....A New You...
October 22, 2012
Brother Big, you have blessed us with your gentle smile and kind words. You will forever be missed.
October 22, 2012
RIP BIG TEX YOU WILL BE MISSED :)
October 22, 2012
Big Tex it is so sad that your gone physically but you will always live in our hearts. Our Love for you is as big as the State you Represent. RIP
Sincerely
Kathy Johnson
October 22, 2012
Big Tex you will always stand tall in my heart. You will be missed

Sincerely
Carrie Bowser
October 22, 2012
RIP Big Tex You will be missed!!!!!!!!
October 22, 2012
Much love !!!!!
October 22, 2012
You were the original most interesting man in the world.
October 22, 2012
You will be missed
October 22, 2012
Big Tex and I are the same age and have pretty much the same birthday (Oct. 14). I didn't get to come to the fair the first year since I was only a few days old.
I will miss you, but I trust they will recreate you by next year.
October 22, 2012
After 58 years living in the shadow of Big Tex, finding him so fascinating as a child and watching him change his look with the latest styles, it really broke my heart to see him engulfed in flames, still smiling. Goodbye to a 60 year era and a childhood icon. Even though he will be remade "bigger & better than ever" as the mayor says, there's a nostalgic piece of him that is gone forever and only memory remains.
RIP Big Tex... I loved you.
October 22, 2012
Big Tex, the first landmark I visited when I came to Texas in 1974 . RIP in that big ranch in the sky.
October 22, 2012
I been going to fair since I was a little and that is the first thing i wanted to see.I will miss you deeply.R.I.P.
October 22, 2012
RIP Big tex
October 22, 2012
I have attended the fair for 50 years and Big Tex was always a tradition. We would not go anywhere until we visited Big Tex and heard you talk. You are like a family member. Im so glad that I took many pictures throughout the years. You were always a great State Fair icon. Happy Trails. Thanks for the memories. Susie O
October 22, 2012
He's not dead! He's just severely injured. He'll be back next year!
October 22, 2012
RIP Big Tex
October 22, 2012
Rest In Peace Big Tex I will miss you....
October 22, 2012
SEE YA NEXT YEAR BIG TEX

LIBBY
October 22, 2012
Gone but never forgotten.
October 22, 2012
From a native Texan who grew up with you ~ RIP Big T!
October 22, 2012
You will be truely missed !!!! R.I.P BIG TEX
October 22, 2012
You will be missed Big Tex!!! See you at the crossroads.
October 22, 2012
Rest in peace Big Tex!!!!!
October 22, 2012
We gone miss you big dawg
October 22, 2012
It is truly a sad time for Dallas, you are a part of our family and you are loved by all. You will be greatly missed. Until we meet again <3
October 22, 2012
You will be missed Big Tex
October 22, 2012
Big Tex it was so fun to know you were Santa first and that you always made people happy. RIP Tex and Happy Trails
Cynthia Brightwell Rockwall Texas
October 22, 2012
WE WILL MISS YOU.
October 22, 2012
Get Well soon! can't wait to see you next year
October 22, 2012
Like all good Texans, he died with his boots on! I know things are big in Texas, but I am worried how we will find "Big Tex" a casket...
October 21, 2012
Bye big tex, you will be deeply missed.
October 21, 2012
Big Tex, thanks for being the best 52 foot tall cowboy on the face of the planet. You certainly proved that the state of Texas is far superior than any other, and for that you are a hero. Stay classy my man
October 21, 2012
Goodbye Mr. Big Tex, You will be missed and loved. Thanks for watching over the lost people who always meet at your feet
October 21, 2012
I have fond memories of Big Tex as both a child and as an adult. The good thing is that he will be rebuilt next year. Instead of laying wreaths on the site, I would prefer people to make a donation to their favorite charity in Big Tex name.
October 21, 2012
Gone but never forgotten!!
October 21, 2012
Sorry to see that Big Tex is gone but will be back in 2013. I remember when I work at the pleace where his clothes where maded one year. He will be messed until the new one is back.
October 21, 2012
Every year since I was a kid up until this very day I would go to the State Fair to take a picture with Big Tex. This will sadly be the last year I will have taken a picture with our true big friend. I am just so thankful I managed to get a picture with him before he passed on. We love you Big Tex! We will never forget you!
October 21, 2012
I love you Tex and I love the man who has done your voice for so long. They say rebuild but I don't agree. You can't rebuild perfection.
October 21, 2012
Adios compadre!
October 21, 2012
October 21, 2012
Good bye old friend. We were friends from your beginning. Glad to know you will be back.
October 21, 2012
I too have fond memories of yearly trips as a child to the State Fair with my family. Seeing and hearing Big Tex was an integral part of the excitement that I looked forward to. The saddest part for me on Friday was that Big Tex 'died' on my birthday. So I will add to my wonderful vivid memories of the extraordinary event that is the State Fair, the 1st Big Tex. RIP.
October 21, 2012
I have only lived in Texas for 3 years, a transplant from Oregon. I was strangely drawn to this giant cowboy and finally made my way to Dallas this year to see him live and in person. I was impressed! Imagine my shock to see him engulfed so suddenly in flames. wow. I hope he is rebuilt for the next 60 years of fairgoers.
October 21, 2012
I think my email did not go thru. I and my brother are standing in front of Santa. Does anyone else know who is in picture, maybe Linda, Joyce Ann, Ruby?? Used to go with my dad up to H Brister's office on Sat. mornings. Kerens was great place to grow up.
October 21, 2012
And where, pray tell, am I now to meet with the lost members of my Fair party?
October 21, 2012
If I have to 'go' by fire, I hope I will be as controlled as Big Tex was, talking cordially to the firefighters/EMTs as the fire consumed him. And I don't even think he had committed any heresy, though he had been equally welcoming to Fair attendees from Oklahoma.
October 21, 2012
Love you Big Tex! Glad I got to see you one last time!
October 21, 2012
I was really shocked when I heard & seen pictures of Big Tex in flames. He was basically part of my childhood. But my boyfriend took it really hard when I told him about it, he's the one that actually referred me to this site. But you will be missed, & never forgotten. We will see you again soon old friend.
October 21, 2012
R.I.P Big Tex,I've seen and heard you every since i was a kid and first started going to the fair,you hold a big place in my heart big fella.No matter how much you cost or how big you were,its the sentimental value all of us from Dallas feel.One of our true Dallasites went down but you won't be forgotten,thanks for all the good times and memories!See you next year in your new wardrobe buddy.
#TrueTexasIcon
#DallasPride
October 21, 2012
Big Tex was a big part of my memories as a child visiting the State Fair of Texas. Fair day was a family outing and the icon and constant staple of the fair was Ole Tex. We will miss you BT.
October 21, 2012
Will be waiting on your return. You are part of what makes our state the GREATEST. Love you, Big Tex.
October 21, 2012
Sad news, it's like losing an old friend in Texas. Hugs from Downunder.
October 21, 2012
many years~ many more memories,many many turkey legs you've seen me destroy. Well * SO LONG PARDNER...Dont worry yourself... You've done your job well. You can rest easy now... I will miss but not forget you.
October 21, 2012
It was so sad to see you go after all these years, but we are looking forward to seeing a new you next year.
October 21, 2012
I've never heard of Big Tex until I saw this story, but seeing an icon like this go up in flames really made me sad. I hope he's back next year and better than ever! :)
October 20, 2012
Goodbye,dear, beloved old friend loved and missed by so many Texans.
Always in our hearts.
October 20, 2012
Awww so sad We will miss u Big Tex. The Andrassy Family.
October 20, 2012
One of my very first memories was of my father, a Dallas police officer, taking me to see the brand new Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas and I will never forget that big booming voice from Big Tex! I thought he was real and it is one of the most treasured memories of my rather long life.
Now bot Big Tex and my Dad are gone and,yes, it DOES make tears come into my eyes.
I was born in Texas so this means a lot to me.

"Big Tex welcomed fairgoers with his friendly drawl of "Hoooowwwdeee, fooolllllks!" and makes regular announcements throughout the duration of the State Fair of Texas. His booming voice has been played by only a few men over six decades, who perform every day of the fair from a booth known as the 'doghouse.'
Former disc jockey Al Jones was the first voice of Big Tex, filling the role for only one season in 1953. Radio announcer Jim Lowe, the most well-known voice of Big Tex, performed for 39 continuous years until 1998. Dan Alexander stepped up for the next two years. In 2001 a statewide competition and contest, held live at the Cotton Bowl, announced Sonny Ray Stolz as the next voice of Big Tex. But after only one season he was replaced with runner-up Bill Bragg in 2002."
Hope I will be around to welcome the next Big Tex.
60 years is a good,long run.
Goodby, friend. Loved by so many!
October 20, 2012
How many times has it been said "I will meet you at Bit Tex", good by old friend
October 20, 2012
No one will ever be able to fill your boots, Big Tex. Vaya con Dios. We will miss you.
October 20, 2012
Thanks for the many years of enjoyment to hear your voice and see you when I was a kid. RIP my Texas hero
October 20, 2012
Sad day for Texas.... Big Tex has there since I first saw him in 1952 at age 5... Gone for now but never forgotten...
October 20, 2012
Part of my heritage as a fourth generation native Dallasite, Big Tex will always be The Man for me. Hope to see a Big Tex, Jr. next year so my grandbabies will have one too.
October 20, 2012
RIP Big Guy -- and come back soon!
October 20, 2012
Oh soooo sad! Big Tex was an icon along with the ferry wheel for Fair park from I-30. Will miss seeing him when traveling I-30. RIP
October 20, 2012
Big Tex was right up there with the creepy clowns on the screen towers of the Buckner Blvd., the Chalk Hill, and the NW Hwy Drive-In Theatres. Now the last of these icons is gone. They may re-build him, but they'll never replace him. RIP, Tex!
October 20, 2012
We love ya, Big Tex!
October 20, 2012
RIP I ve seen you withyour head off but not gone.
Saturday morning the memorials are piling up. Its hard to come to grips with the absence of a thing.
October 20, 2012
Sad...Day of the Dead...May his spirit rise above
October 20, 2012
thank you for the fun times knowing you were watching over us just to see us having a wonderful day ,knowing our BIG TEX would want it that way always live good be happy always.
October 20, 2012
I was about 5 yrs. old the 1st time I saw & "met" Big Tex when living in Dallas. I enjoyed him the 1st time I met him & each time after that too. He was just so much a part of not only the State Fair, but of Texas period. I am SO SAD, that I won't be able to introduce him to my husband who is an Arkansan & never met Big Tex. We had JUST been talking about making a trip to Texas & of course, no trip to the fair will be a trip w/o seeing Big Tex there. RIP my friend.
October 20, 2012
Wasn't he a cowboy on The Expressway even before he became Santa Claus? I knew Jack Bridges who built him--he did some great pieces for a musical I was in. He was very, very creative.
October 20, 2012
Big Tex your lose it felt across Texas. You are a Texas Legend. Rest in Peace you were loved by millions.
October 20, 2012
Rest in Peace, Big Tex. You will forever be remembered.
October 20, 2012
Big Tex you brought so much joy to my life, whether it was Fair time, or simply driving by on I-30...just know you were loved and brought so much joy to many..rest in peace..your purpose has been completed
October 20, 2012
this candle is for every one who wrote for tex.my prayers to all of you all.
October 20, 2012
You are a "true Texas" legacy!!! Yesterday was a very sad day!
October 20, 2012
Thanks for the memories Tex!
October 20, 2012
My Heart fluttered with Joy this year when I saw you go up It let me know that it was time for the state fair. Every year you stood out from the crowd and saw everything. Sad sad sad to see you go up in smoke. R.I.P. So until next year. Rest well because you will draw many from all around just to check you out. Stand tall and wave to everyone.
October 20, 2012
Gonna miss you Big Tex
October 20, 2012
Tex- You looked so healthy last weekend when we got together. Your smile, the sound of your voice, the sparkle in your eyes. Who knew you were ill. To think that I snapped photos of you not knowing they would be our last. Much Love, The Gaston Family.
October 20, 2012
You were always there, cheerful, happy and smiling to great us all as we visited. You will be truly missed.
October 20, 2012
Big Tex you have always been there,corn dogs,french fries,and all the fried stuff in world will never never replace you, big guy hurry back
October 20, 2012
Long live Big Tex, a true fair icon. You will forever be in our hearts and in our memories.
October 20, 2012
"Many memories...."Kids, if you get lost from me, go to Big Tex and I will find you," "meet me at Big Tex." A sad day for us original Dallas folks. Thank you Dallas Morning News for this obit.
October 20, 2012
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Big Tex.... He and I were born the same year 1952. When attending the State Fair as a child, Big Tex was always our assigned meeting place for our family and friends. My husband and I are now grand-parents and great-grandparents, but we always try to visit the State Fair every year! We were unable to go this year, and for that we are sad. Thanks Big Tex for all the lasting memories. You indeed will indeed be missed...Gone but not forgotten!!
October 20, 2012
A little fire won't get you down. You'll be better than ever next year, big guy!!!
October 20, 2012
There once was a cowboy Big Tex,
Who greeted the State Fair guests.
Year 60 he left us.
There's sadness in Texas.
Vaya con Dios. You were the bestest.
October 20, 2012
If you get lost, just meet me at Big Tex, said by my parents when I was young. I met classmates at the feet of BigTex, and last year stood near BigTex when I was meeting up with old friends. He's been around a few more years than I have and trust he will return next year.
October 20, 2012
COME BACK SOON... Paul@PaulRoser.com
October 20, 2012
R.I.P. Big Tex! You were a Dallas icon and will be missed.
October 20, 2012
Up in smoke. No better way to go. Down in flames? Love you BigTex
October 20, 2012
I remember when Jack Bridges built Big Tex. He was the only person that could ride on top his head to put it in place. I got to know and work with Jack, he was quite a person, just like Big Tex.
October 20, 2012
I am sadden to hear about Big Tex
October 20, 2012
Big Tex can't be replaced. We need a Tex Jr or something. Just let Big Tex go out in his blaze of glory. He will be greatly missed by those who had their pics taken with him year after year.
October 20, 2012
When I think of the State Fair of Texas--immediately Big Tex comes to mind.
Dr. Suess said: "Don't cry because its over;smile because it was" -- next year you will come back (as a true Texan) bigger and stronger as before.
October 20, 2012
Ive grown up with you, Big Tex. You will never be forgotten!
October 20, 2012
This is such sad news. Vintage TEX will be missed by all. I look forward to seeing your clone next year.
October 20, 2012
I know you will come back next year even better!!!
October 20, 2012
You will truly be miss.
October 20, 2012
Big Tex is a LEGEND. Legends live forever.
October 20, 2012
i, like alot of dallasites, have black and white pictures of my family standing in front of our BIG TEX(1950's)...pictures taken by photographers at the fair. now i can look back on those memories along with the many pictures of my high school friends, boy friends, new husband, my children and my grand children. everyone of those photos include our BIG TEX. thanks for the memories...you are truly the essence of texas!
October 20, 2012
Goodbye Big Tex. You will be missed.
October 20, 2012
whose legs shall me and my friends meet under now ?... Do the Pheonix and arise from ashes.
October 20, 2012
sorry to see ya go, Big Guy! looked forward to seeing you every time I came to the fair....RIP
October 20, 2012
Big Tex shall rise again!
October 20, 2012
You were the real deal. Thanks for all your service to this great state. They may get someone to take your job but you will never be replaced. RIP!
October 20, 2012
Aww Big Tex....such an icon for the State Fair. I'll miss your giant open ams and your "Howdy Folks!"
October 20, 2012
U will be missed big Tex!
October 20, 2012
Happy trails to you. Until we meet again. Sob...
October 20, 2012
so many memories with family ,friends.please come back to us.
October 20, 2012
Big Tex, you were always someone I looked up to.
October 20, 2012
Will wait for your return. Big guy.
October 20, 2012
I use to lived in Dallas a number of years ago and enjoyed the fair each year. I had a friend that was doing business in Dallas during this years fair. I told him I would fly out and I would show him around the fair and take in the OU/Texas game. One of the highlights was BIG TEX. I hope TEX comes back even bigger and better.
October 20, 2012
How does a person say goodbye to a larger than life icon?Big Tex you were one of the many reasons I went to the GREAT STATE FAIR OF TEXAS.
October 20, 2012
You are such an icon, Big Tex! We love you and miss you already!
October 20, 2012
Big Tex will be back better than ever. It's not the fair and Dallas without big Tex
October 20, 2012
I am a misplaced Texan, but I've loved coming back to Dallas during Texas State Fair week-end just to see you and gather with fellow Texans. I have so many childhood memories of you and I am going to miss you so much!
October 20, 2012
There was only one Big Tex and he is gone, may he rest in peace. The replacement next year will only be a clone of the original.
October 20, 2012
When I was a young child you seemed as tall as the sky. Thank you for so many good memories!
October 20, 2012
I heard of deep fried foods at the Fair, but this is too much !(JK) Anyways, He'll be back next year, bigger and better !
October 20, 2012
I'd light a candle for you, Big Tex, but you were flammable so that wouldn't be a good idea.
October 20, 2012
You will be sadly missed.
October 20, 2012
So Sad..We will all be lost without you Big Tex.
October 20, 2012
i am so sad to hear about Big Tex. I lived in Dallas for 11 years and have fond memories of the fair and of course Big Tex. Hopefully he will be restored and back again next year
October 20, 2012
I was a teenager when he first came to the state fair,I think Jim Lowe was his first voice,a sad day for the state fair of TEXAS.Tom Tyler
October 20, 2012
As a kid, I just knew Big Tex and I were related as he had LEE on his jeans and shirt. Sad news.
October 20, 2012
Mann..!...Big Tex, went out Like a Sucka
October 20, 2012
Big Tex has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. I saw him as the Host of the State Fair, giving everyone a HUGE welcome. I loved to hear him speak. Big Tex thanks for ALL the memories and fun times since the 60s to now. But, I know you will be resurrected in a mighty fine way. See you next year.
October 20, 2012
Feels like a have lost a dear friend. You have always been apart of the State Fair and what makes Dallas fun. I'll miss you.
October 20, 2012
That's one way to get a facelift big guy! However I hear we do everything big in Texas. Looking forward to seeing you again.
October 20, 2012
You will be missed Big Tex! You've been a huge Dallas icon for many years!
October 20, 2012
Looks like Big Tex is toast!
October 20, 2012
Big Tex - the iconic symbol of the Great State Fair of Texas since 1954. A Grand Gentleman who has made our lives happier and better each year at the State Fair, may He Rest in Peace!

And perhaps light our lives once again in the future.
October 20, 2012
Talk about smoking being bad for you! Oh well, Big Tex will rise from the ashes like a big phoenix; bigger and better than ever! Look forward to seeing reborn Tex next year!
October 20, 2012
I still remember the first time I saw Big Tex, I was so in awe. I can't imagine the Fair without him.
October 20, 2012
Stay hard Big Tex!
We'll miss ya.
52'Flametop....
From your friends at G.Express
October 20, 2012
You will be missed Big guy and have loved seeing you for years!
October 20, 2012
We will miss your wondeful smile. I guess you went home to be with Jim Lowe now. Rest in peace.
October 20, 2012
In your last moments you truly represented what I remember most vividly about the Fair from my childhood. Those crazy FREAK SHOWS!!! I mean, Dude! Your head was on fire! I love you, man!
October 20, 2012
We await your return as you are born again.
October 20, 2012
Sigh. You were always so open minded and non-judgemental. Love you, BT.
October 20, 2012
Dear Big tex you were my friend, and you allways will my friend even in spirit no matter what I will miss you.
October 20, 2012
Farewell, Big Tex. Smoking is never healthy.
October 20, 2012
We think of Big Tex as almost a real person. He was the official State Fair greeter who watched over us as we kicked off our Fair Days with corny dogs. Big Tex is part of my heart as is the State Fair & Fair Park. He'll be back better than ever next year!!
October 20, 2012
At least you died with your boots on.
October 20, 2012
RIP Big Tex.
October 20, 2012
And so with a final round-up,
The big cowboy rides off in a blaze;
We'll remember the silly big 'howdy,"
And pray his demise but a phase.
Hurry back, big guy, don't stay gone too long.
October 20, 2012
RIP Big Tex! I am looking forward to you being bigger and better than ever next year.
October 20, 2012
Dear Tex, when you were so grievously burned today, you went to the State Fair of memories- joining the paddleboats from the lagoon, Ice Capades and the monorail. You were one heck of a gentleman, and well-loved. Godspeed.
October 20, 2012
It won't be the same on the last day this year, I saw him last year, but didn't take a picture, had plans to take one this year, but I look forward to the bigger and better Big Tex next year, (2013) I guess it was time for a change!!!
October 20, 2012
RIP, Big Texas. You've been part of my life since my mom held me in front of you for a photo when I was 3 months old in 1962. You will be greatly missed, but I look forward to your new body next year!
October 20, 2012
Though I never got to see you in person, I'll always remember the great pictures! R.I.P
October 20, 2012
Finally, Dallas has its own 'Burning Man"
October 20, 2012
I looked forward to seeing you every year. I will miss you, Big Tex!
October 20, 2012
What a sad day. He's going to be missed!!!
October 20, 2012
My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Big Tex family, Mrs. Tex, Bess, and Little Tex. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
October 20, 2012
Always thought it was funny how much bigger he seemed when I was a child. When my kids were growing up in the pre-cellphone age Big Tex was always the meeting place. I don't know if he can ever really be replaced.
October 19, 2012
Wont be the same without you.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex, you were such a hot head for over 50 years...looks like karma finally caught up to you for that huh? I guess you could say October 19th, 2012 was your last day of work - because you got fired!!!
October 19, 2012
We will miss you Big Tex! You were always there with a friendly "howdy" and a wave. But I know you'll come back bigger and
better than ever!
October 19, 2012
You were the man Big Tex, a man above all other men - and true measure of what a cowboy should be. You'll live on in my memories and my broken heart.
October 19, 2012
A tragic day
October 19, 2012
Meet Me At Big Tex.....that's what we always told our friends...gotta find a new spot! (It was getting waaaay to crowded by you anyway!)
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex. You were on my bucket list. Bummer.
October 19, 2012
As a kid, I was very lucky to have seen Big Tex being assembled for the first time, and remember well the initial tests of his voice provided by WRR radio personality Jim Lowe.

I fondly recall how making a visit to see Big Tex every year at the Fair almost became ceremonial.

But, I'll never, ever forget the year I returned from Vietnam and inexplicably couldn't wait to see Big Tex, and was at the gates the first morning the Fair opened. I don't think I understood then why I was so intent on seeing my big friend.

Today, sadly, I feel I finally understood.

Sincere condolences to all those who had a special place in their lives for Big Tex, and highest hopes he will rise from the ashes like a Phoenix and again greet visitors to the State Fair and all in need of a special place to meet at the world's largest state fair.
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
October 19, 2012
So sad to hear that Big Tex will not be overseeing Closing Ceremonies this year. :( We will look forward to your rebirth at next year's Texas State Fair. I bet you'll be taller and leaner!
October 19, 2012
I'm gonna miss you big guy :'(
October 19, 2012
The State Fair will never be the same without Big Tex. I have been going to the fair my whole life and Big Tex was always our meeting place for our family. We were just there two weeks ago and spent lots of time around Big Tex. It's a sad day for all of us Texans.
October 19, 2012
Anda akan terjawab, Big Tex! Jonasan
October 19, 2012
They fry "Everything and anything" at the state fair in Texas.
October 19, 2012
I forgot to mention... we would often go with several family members and friends. We all agreed that, if we got separated, we would meet at the foot of Big Tex. I miss those days and that fun. Makes me want to cry.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex, you will not be forgotten! So many years of fun! Can't wait to see you again next year! So many wonderful memories!
October 19, 2012
Sorry to see you go after spending over 50 years of my life with you as a part of my life every year at the Texas State Fair! Watching my sons & grandkids faces light up when they would see you. You"ll be missed old friend. Thanks for the memories!
October 19, 2012
Howdy will live on forever. Tex will be bigger and better. The best is yet to come.
October 19, 2012
You will be missed Big Tex the state fair will never be the same without you. Now where is everyone going to meet there party at? I always told people who I was with if we were to get lost we could meet up at Big Tex now we can no long meet :( this also makes me sad because I haven't gotten to go this year been wanting to soo bad that I tried winning tickets threw the radio stations and didn't win. So the last time that i got to see you was last year
October 19, 2012
The state fair of Texas won't be the same without you cowboy... rip Big Tex. i will always remember seeing you there. you were the first stop we always made!!!
October 19, 2012
October 19, 2012
You were always a hothead. Don't know why you got so fired up about working today.
October 19, 2012
So sad.I remember seeing him as a child in the 50's.He will arise again from the ashes just like a phoenix, better than ever probably.
October 19, 2012
October 19, 2012
rip big tex
October 19, 2012
Dear Big Tex, I moved to Big D in '81 and lived there until the end of 2003. I visited you at the state fair every year for 22 years (unless I missed one and can't remember). My 19 year old daughter just went to visit you last week when she was visiting a college there.

When she was a toddler and we were going to the fair, we would tell her we were going to visit Big Tex and she would be so excited.

Big Tex, come back into our lives soon, and please don't change too much, we love the way you are.
October 19, 2012
Love ya Tex
October 19, 2012
Goodbye, Big Texas!
October 19, 2012
The man with the big hat is gone. Let's drink to our Texas legend.
R.I.P. Mi Amigo!
October 19, 2012
We will miss you Big Tex!! From a 5 year old kid to a 43 year old adult.. you were always the icon I could look forward to each year at the fair!
Miss you!!
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex Is this a sign from God? What did we do to deserve a Deep Fried Big Tex?
October 19, 2012
The thrills you gave us little folks will never be forgotten. Bless your mechanical heart. Thanks for the big howdies, smiles, waves, and BIG memories!
October 19, 2012
You're not gone, Big Tex. You're just being fitted for some new duds! We look forward to seeing you looking bigger and better than ever next year.
October 19, 2012
Wow!!! Now I know my childhood is gone!
October 19, 2012
So sorry to hear Big Tex met such a horrible demise. RIP, Big guy.
October 19, 2012
Gone but never forgotten
October 19, 2012
..is where we would always meet up with (friends, family ,etc.,} at a designated time under Big Tex..
October 19, 2012
I still plan to go to the fair this Sunday, but it won't be the same without you there. Rest in peace, big guy.
October 19, 2012
I saw Big Tex for the first time last weekend. I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet him. Big Tex symbolises all that is wonderful about Texas – the boots, the hat and a friendly smile.
October 19, 2012
Tex, you may come back bigger & better but in my mind, you were perfect just as you were. I wish they'd just media blast your frame & rebuild your fiberglass & restore you to original but "they" will never listen to me.
October 19, 2012
It just won't be the same..RIP..gonna miss you!
October 19, 2012
NOOOO! Not Big Tex! First, they took down Texas Stadium, then Greenville Ave burned, but BIG TEX? :(
Donna T.
October 19, 2012
Kitsch can be a very beautiful thing, and hard to knowingly replicate. Instinct and pessimism tells me that the new Big Tex will be airbrushed and made "tasteful" by the powers that be, and that is unfortunate. I'll miss the great weirdness of the original big man.
October 19, 2012
Tex, when I was little and we went to the Fair...I knew if I got lost I was supposed to go to you and sit at your feet. When I got older and had kids of my own, my kids knew to do the same thing. There was only one time I had to go to your feet to retrieve someone. Thanks for always being there for us. You were always our rock.
October 19, 2012
"BigTex" I've Loved You For 60 Years!!! I'll See You Next Year!!! Love, Joy Holland Coleman From Dallas, Texas!
October 19, 2012
A trip to the Fair was not complete until you walked by Big Tex. I hope for a new Tex next year, although it will never be the same.
October 19, 2012
Oh my lol let's all sign. Big Tex has always been in my life.
October 19, 2012
A sad day today.... You will always represent Texas my home in my mind and heart
October 19, 2012
I am very sad about the loss of Big Tex. A great loss for Texas.
October 19, 2012
Such an emotional day for so many reasons . . . and now Big Tex is gone too. I am sure he will be back, but it was just a shock to see him in his hollow state.
October 19, 2012
Some of my fondest memory of the State fair have you in them!! Hope you have a quick recovery!
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex
October 19, 2012
Gonna miss ya!
October 19, 2012
Taking a picture with Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas is a tradition. You have to have that picture if you don't do anything else at the Fair. You will be missed. Big Tex is a icon, a sweet memory of childhood and you know that Fall has come and the Fair is here!
October 19, 2012
I have to say you used to FREAK me out as a kid whenever I would walk under you. Won't be quite the same w/o you. I'm sure they'll do some kind of fancy schmancy type of thing to replace but I hope not.
October 19, 2012
I am so thankful I could see you one last time just the way you were. Even if they rebuild, it won't be the same. RIP
October 19, 2012
I will always remember you. RIP Big Guy.
October 19, 2012
hurry back !!! just wouldn't be the same without you at the state fair !!!
October 19, 2012
I'm so sad about Big Tex. It was part of the wonderful kitsch that made up the State Fair of Texas! :-(
October 19, 2012
I went to the fair for the first time two weeks ago. You were the best attraction. You will be missed.
October 19, 2012
I will Miss WELCOME To The STATE FAIR OF TEXAS! The original Big Tex can never be the Same! R.I.P.
October 19, 2012
The new one just won't be the same
October 19, 2012
Howdy Folks!!! Nothing says fall like big tex!!! Growing up going to the fair was the best part of the year!! I still go several times each year!!! I love big tex!!!
October 19, 2012
I am really crying about this. I have been with Big Tex since 1957!
October 19, 2012
Looks like you had to leave the fair early. I hope the new you can greet me the same way it has since I was a little boy. Love you.
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex. You will be missed!
October 19, 2012
We were born in the same year--I am shocked and heartbroken for all of us who loved Big Tex and the State Fair.
October 19, 2012
Thanks for the memories Big Tex. You have always been a part of my life. I feel lost and as if I can't find my way. Was always told to meet back at Big Tex and now you are not there for us. So glad I got to see you again this year one last time. Hoping a Big Tex Jr is in the plans for future generations.
October 19, 2012
Deb Turner
October 19, 2012
!0-18-2012 Was my last "Howdy Folks, Welcome to the state fair Of Texas" RIP BIg TEX, You had a nice 60 year run..
October 19, 2012
This is a sad day for me and Big Tex. And I really love him.
October 19, 2012
Lots of memories meeting lost friends and family at STATE FAIR OF TEXAS with BIG TEX looking on....that was always the meeting spot if we were lost from each other. BIG TEX was the STATE FAIR and I am very sad to lose him. I know they will replace him but won't be the same!!!
October 19, 2012
"Howdy Folks, This is Big Tex" will never be the same.
October 19, 2012
Please tell my dad and brother I said, "Howdy"...
October 19, 2012
Even OU fans loved Big Tex! We miss you Big! :(
October 19, 2012
Big Tex,

Since I'm certain you will be resurrected in time for next year's fair, I have no strong feelings about your demise. See ya at the 2013 fair.
October 19, 2012
Charred Zombie Tex is just his get-up 'fer halloween. He'll be back bigger than ever next year.
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex! You made the State Fair of Texas "The GREAT State Fair of Texas"! I have seen you every year of my life - all 52 of them so you MUST return for next year. It's tradition! Thanks for the memories.
October 19, 2012
As a young girl in growing up, going to the State Fair was one of the things I looked forward to most. Seeing Big Tex always made me happy. Thank you, Big Tex.
October 19, 2012
My entire family misses you already! You were a great. Cowboy and overseer of the State Fair!
October 19, 2012
so sad to see that happen, i always loved seeing u go up every year..rest in peace big guy. u were always loved by so many people..see u next year..
October 19, 2012
Memories are the best.I made memories with you every time i came to see you big tex.They will fix you back together and we will see you again.
October 19, 2012
He's the same age as me....hope he gets better soon!
October 19, 2012
Rest in Leave Big Tex. I remember whenever my parents and i went to the fair they told me if i got lost go to Big Tex and stay there.
October 19, 2012
Love You
October 19, 2012
Out in a blaze of glory on your burning day! I know like Fawkes the Phoenix you will return refreshed and more resplendent than ever, but it is still a sad day and a sorry sight to see. You will be sorely missed and joyously celebrated on the day of your triumphant rebirth!
October 19, 2012
I just saw Big Tex last week. I can't believe he's gone. He's one of the reasons I even go to the fair. He will be missed!
October 19, 2012
I guess that what ya'll call...hot footin' it?
October 19, 2012
I was just at the Fair and barely looked your way. I'm sorry I took you for granted! We love you, Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
ICON , Needs to be replaced
October 19, 2012
Rest in peace big guy. Hope there'll be a Big Tex, Jr in the works soon. Be sure he has enough crimson & cream to survive into the future.
October 19, 2012
He is like a friend that I have known since childhood.
October 19, 2012
You were an icon for as long as I can remember, my last time at the fair was spent standing in front of you waiting for the rest of my group to page me,(long time ago), and they almost left me there. I can say as i watched the live feed, I cried, I'm sure mostly to do with hormones, but you will always be the big guy, with no butt in my book. The true start to the State Fair. The guy who looked over the all the lost people in the fair and stood watch over them. Ashes to Ashes guy.
October 19, 2012
RIP Tex. You will be missed. It's a sad day in Texas.
October 19, 2012
Rest in Peace Big Guy I Know your looking down on us all...
October 19, 2012
About 8 years ago I introduced you to my friend who had moved from Illinois, and told her how all others would fall short in comparison. I still stand by that statement. RIP Big-T, you will always be the best memory of the State Fair!
October 19, 2012
Alas, poor Big Tex; I knew him. How will I ever find my way from the livestock buildings to the Midway without him to point the way? How will I catch the pig races without him announcing their schedule? I just don't know.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex, we will miss your great "Howdy Folks" greeting and your pride for the big state fair of Texas. The site of you each year waving us all in has given me goosebumps for years. You will not be forgotten.
October 19, 2012
So sad to see him go.
October 19, 2012
Always looked forward to being greeted by your big smile,wave and voice
October 19, 2012
Omg im going to miss Big Tex he been around since I was a child.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex is such a part of the State Fair of Texas. Through all the years of going to the Fair, Big Tex might change outfits, but he was always there. The people I went to the fair with might change--parents,then friends, then this boyfriend and then another one, finally a husband, add in a baby and then another. And yet, Big Tex was still always there--watching over us, encouraging us to try another part of the Fair, tempting us with another fried dish, and smiling through it all.
October 19, 2012
He's a year younger than me so he's always been at the fair for me. I was shocked when I heard and am very sad for "my" Tex.
October 19, 2012
So sorry for the loss of BIG TEX!!!
October 19, 2012
When I moved to this country from Sweden I was a small boy. My grandparents took me to the state fair and Big Tex really made an impression. Over the years I've seen him many times. Aside from his size, it was his face that was most memorable. Big Tex's expression was part joy and pride plus something dangerous or at least mischievous. That look really shaped my initial impression of my new country. I'm sad to learn of the fire.
October 19, 2012
Waa just there to visit with Big Tex on Sunday after Texas-OU. It's been oddly difficult to see the burning photos. We'll miss you, young man.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex RIP Sorry Texas I know he was there for a long, long time.
October 19, 2012
Oh no, I'm speechless. I've long moved from Dallas, but had plans to be home next week to attend the Fair. Was so looking forward to hearing Big TEX Welcome!!! Greetings From Atlanta, Ga
October 19, 2012
i haven't been to the state fair in years and i was planing to go this year , but since big tex burned down today, i don't want to go anymore, rest in peace big tex you will always be our icon of the state fair
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex
October 19, 2012
you went out in a blaze of glory!!!
October 19, 2012
I've always looked up to you! Can't wait to see you next year in your afterlife. Thanks for looking over me all these years. Your memory will live on in the musical film "State Fair."
October 19, 2012
Gives a whole new meaning to this years fair theme..."Big & Bright"
October 19, 2012
RIP - never got a chance to meet you in person!
October 19, 2012
Bad day, Big Guy. Hope you come back next year bigger and better than ever!
October 19, 2012
I proposed in front of you last year. We were just married this summer and were coming back this Sunday to pay you another visit. We will miss you big buddy.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex, I have always loved you. I am so glad that I got to see you Wednesday night! I will be waiting to see the new you next year. Can't wait ~
October 19, 2012
so many childhood memories.. RIP
October 19, 2012
RIP BIG TEX :o(
October 19, 2012
its crazy, but it seems a part of my childhood is gone.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex was always the place we were to go if we got lost at theFair. Poor guy!!
October 19, 2012
Where will be go now when we get lost at the fair... we always met back at Big Tex. I feel truly lost today.
October 19, 2012
I hope that where your feet used to be planted that many have offered memorials of stuffed animals won on the Midway as well as corny dogs and the likes. tears....
October 19, 2012
History was made today but not in a good way. :( May Big Tex rise from the ashes and greet us next year.
October 19, 2012
My first Fair visit for my 12th birthday - big treat to ride the train from E Texas and be greeted by Big Tex ... he was only a boy back then ....
October 19, 2012
I've known you all my life and the Fair just won't be the same. You can never be replaced Big Tex. You certainly made a dramatic exit.
October 19, 2012
I can't believe you are gone but I know you will rise like a Phoenix!!!!
October 19, 2012
We both turn 60 this year and I know you'll be just fine.
Get well soon, Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
For as long as I can recall, Big Tex has always been our meeting place in case we got lost... hope i don't get lost at fair park now! Big Tex you will be missed! Hurry Back.
October 19, 2012
Awww Big Tex , I am gonna miss you , I remember ever since I was ten years old .Texas State Fair wont be the same without him , hopefully we can get a new one in time for the fair next year
October 19, 2012
I've always been the odd man out when it came to a lot of things. But, when I went to the fair and saw big tex when I was little it always had a way of making me feel like I wasn't alone and proud to be TEXAN. I'll miss you big guy shame I couldn't see you one last time before passed.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex will always be in our hearts. I sure hope he will be back soon. After all, what's the state fair without Big Tex?
Marie
Dallas
October 19, 2012
I will miss seeing you.
October 19, 2012
R.I.P Big Tex, you will be greatly missed by all:(
October 19, 2012
R.I.P. Tex! You will definitely be missed.
October 19, 2012
I remember the time Big Tex pointed me in the right direction when I was looking for the restrooms.
October 19, 2012
We Love You Big Tex! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGF4ibgcHQE
October 19, 2012
Gonna miss you, big guy!
October 19, 2012
When i first moved to Texas, i was 13, it was in 1958..he was the first thing i saw, and i remember thinking "wow everything is so big in Texas". They might rebuild him, but he will never be the same.
October 19, 2012
Sad Sad Day in DFW!Gone but never 4gotten!
October 19, 2012
Bye buddieeeee!!
October 19, 2012
It will never be the same, you will be missed. R.I.P Big Texas. I will forever miss your greetings to me and my family.
October 19, 2012
I have been a huge fan of yours for 50+ years, and I was never "really" at the fair until I heard you say "Howdy folks". Will miss you!
October 19, 2012
I hope the new Big Tex is not so refined and perfect that the original character is lost. Big Tex was beloved due to the fact he was improvised and a little ill refined. RIP! Will miss hearing and seeing you while enjoying a Fletcher Corny Dog.
October 19, 2012
I've always loved seeing Big Tex towering over Fair Park. We'll miss ya, buddy! See you next year, better than ever! Here's to Big Tex 2.0. :)
October 19, 2012
gone now, but will never be forgotten. great memories
October 19, 2012
U will be missed, big guy...
October 19, 2012
Wow, you will be missed Big Tex. I saw you first in the early 60's and you were awesome. RIP.
October 19, 2012
I grew up with Big Tex... I remember the fair always opened around my birthday and it was such a big deal to get to go to the fair and meet at Big Tex! Anyone growing up in Dallas knows what I mean.
October 19, 2012
One of my earliest memories was going to the fair with my folks and grandpa Pounds and looking up at Big Tex. He was the biggest thing I had ever seen! My boys were introduced to him at ages 5 and 2, respectively. "It's a giant!" was the reaction, followed by hiding behind Mama. You'll be missed, big guy.
October 19, 2012
May you rise again like the phoenix!
October 19, 2012
We just took a picture with you yesterday.. That one is a keeper for sure. You'll be missed BIG GUY... I hope when they rebuild you that they give you calves and a bigger head...
October 19, 2012
Big Tex went down, down, down in a burning ring of fire (and smoke).
October 19, 2012
GONNA MISS YOUR SMILE
GONNA MISS YOUR HOWDY
GONNA MISS YOUR SMILING EYES
JUST GONNA MISS YOUUUU!
October 19, 2012
They fry everthing at the fair.
October 19, 2012
Standing tall in the bright Texas sun. A cool breeze blowing, your shirt buffeting in the wind. That wide eyed look with a smile on your face. A big...."HOWDY, PADNER!".......for the crowds. Your loss was sudden and complete. The Fair will never be the same without your ORIGINAL smiling face......R.I.P. Tex. Happy Trails, to you.....
October 19, 2012
You were always my favorite part of the Fair! So glad I got to see you this year! You may be rebuilt but never replaced!
October 19, 2012
Big Tex was my State Fair beacon since I was 8 years old. He gave me a place to meet friends and family. I could find him in a crowd and know where I was located. He was a friend to the weary and the photographers. And his voice gave a very welcoming sound. Sorry you got burned down but hope you will rise again next year.
October 19, 2012
October 19, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
October 19, 2012

From my earliest days in Dallas, I remember the big fella with the awesome voice of WRRs radio personality Jim Lowe.
Whether atop the old roller coaster or the ferris wheel, or even after a rare loss to OU, it was ever a comfort to TEXAS fans to know we had a friend in the Big Fella. Big Tex was our rallying point, a big shoulder to cry on and a Landmark for our great city.
October 19, 2012
It's so hard to say Goodbye to yesterday. R.I.P. Big Tex.
October 19, 2012
Big Texas, we both celebrated our Diamond Jubilee this year, so it is with much sadness that I learned of your accident. You've re-invented yourself before (you started out as Santa), and I fully expect you to do so again. Good luck, Big Tex. We love you!
October 19, 2012
Been loving me some Big Tex since 1971 (when I was a mere child.) Hang in there. We're all pulling for you and know that you'll be back bigger, stronger and fully flame resistent when next we meet. Stay strong Big Man. We're pulling for you. Hope the Parkland Burn unit was up to the task today. Under the circumstances, I think it would be just wrong to Light A Candle.
October 19, 2012
Blue Texas sky, broken by a giant of a man. A welcome word and a smile for all who passed by.

A piece of my childhood and my heart goes with you, Tex. You will be missed.
October 19, 2012
"Look, son, there's Big Tex. He's like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty rolled into one."
-Hank Hill
Will definitely be missed. Hope they rebuild him the same as he was before
October 19, 2012
I'll always remember his last words: "Howdy, y'all! Is it hot today, or is it just me?" Sadly, it was just him.
October 19, 2012
A Dallas Icon has been taken from our skyline. You will be missed.
Stay Hard Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
Big Tex, I will miss you. You will live forever in our memories. May you return soon.
October 19, 2012
Ira I like that. Rebuilt but never replaced! I got lost a few times but I always knew as long as I saw you standing there I wasn't far from my family. R.I.P.
October 19, 2012
I've never been to the State Fair, I've never seen Big Tex , and now I never will. Sad day.
October 19, 2012
Sad to see him fall. But proud to know he'll be back.
October 19, 2012
Gone but never forgotten. I have seen you every year for 25 years. RIP
October 19, 2012
Big Tex you will be missed. My family and I always use you for a destination meeting place when we go to the fair. You won't be there when we go tomorrow. R I P Big Tex
October 19, 2012
Have always and will Always love Big Tex, So many childhood memories!
October 19, 2012
so sorry to hear about your demise:(
October 19, 2012
Sonya F.
October 19, 2012
Bye Big Tex. You will be missed.
October 19, 2012
First saw this huge Texas icon at the state fair in 1956 and LOVED the booming voice! So, so sad for this to happen.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex I'm just glad my kids and I got to take pictures with you. you are gonna come back bigger and better!
October 19, 2012
Tex, I wish I got to see ya this year. But I promise I'll come back from school next year to see you when you're back in action. Know that a lot of folks love you and will miss you.
October 19, 2012
R.I.P. Old Friend!
October 19, 2012
Big Tex and I are close to the same age. This is very sad to a native Dallasite that grew up with him. Looking forward to the new Big Tex for my grandchildren to enjoy!!
October 19, 2012
We will never forget you Big Tex! You da man!
October 19, 2012
So long BT. All I have now are my memories, two bobblehead, and several lapel pins.
October 19, 2012
In his last breath, Big Tex said "I'll be back!!"
October 19, 2012
I wish I would have gotten to see you. I am new to the DFW area and have heard great things about you. Hope you will be able to rebuild!
October 19, 2012
October 19, 2012
He will be missed!!
October 19, 2012
This is the very first year.. as a Native born Texan that I got to go to the Texas State Fair with my family. I had heard of Big Tex, of course.. but to stand in the shadow of his enormous frame and hear his deep Texas drawl was iconic ! I took perhaps one of the last pictures of Tex... and I'm awfully grateful I got to experience and capture his essence before this shocking loss... and he became history... ?
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
One of my favorite memories of visiting the Texas State Fair was seeing Big Tex and his "Howdy Partners" welcome. We'll miss you big guy.
October 19, 2012
It is a very sad day, Big Tex up in flames.
October 19, 2012
I only just met you a few weeks ago, but I felt an immediate bond. You were so tall, so goofy looking, so proud of your spotless Dickies. I pray there is a giant robot heaven that you can now enjoy--52 weeks a year instead of your usual 3 weeks!
October 19, 2012
Big Tex I have know you for 34 years, my whole life. I have taken my picture with you almost every year and since I have been married, every year with my wife. It is my yearly Texas State Fair tradition. Corn dogs and Big Tex. I love you dude. I hope that when they rebuild you they make you exactly the same. You don't need a 2.0 modern style I just want Old School Classic Big Tex.
October 19, 2012
Big tex. You're a true Texas legend, forever.
October 19, 2012
Some will say that you're in a better place now, but deep down we all know that's impossible. RIP, Big Tex, and see ya next year at the State Fair of Texas!
October 19, 2012
Big Tex,

I had no idea that last weekend would be the last time I would see you.

Boomer Sooner! 63-21
October 19, 2012
Wow... I can't believe part of my history have been wiped away. I got to visit the fair park two weekends ago and I stared at Big TEX and took pictures. When I was about 7yrs. old I got lost from my family while walking and looking at Big Tex. I am now 46 years old and everytime I see him it takes me back to that day. Luckily people saw me crying and took be to a police booth nearby until I was reunited with my family.
October 19, 2012
I remember when I was 10 years old, going to see Big Tex for the first time ever, when we went to the fair with the Mooney family of UTSW. Unforgettable.
October 19, 2012
R.I.P. Pour out a lil' for my homie. See ya at the crossroads.
October 19, 2012
He was my bigger than
Life hero. I could look
Ip to him. Big Tex doesn't die.
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex we will miss you
October 19, 2012
Oh my lerd big tex went down today and it is like losing an uncle. Please bring him back bigger and stronger than ever.
October 19, 2012
Can't wait to see you next year! R.I.P. the first 60 years!
October 19, 2012
So sad to hear of Big Tex burning today.

I am 69 years old , the first time I went to State Fair I was 12 years old

Then in later life I took my children there to see Big Tex.

Maybe they should build a big statue and just leave it up all year round...
October 19, 2012
Good Bye.... Big Guy. Thanks for looking over the south side.
October 19, 2012
So long Big Tex, I've known you since 1980 & I've always been a big fan,R.I.P my friend.Won't ever forget you!I know they say their gonna build another big tex but it won't be you!!!!
October 19, 2012
A Dallas Icon has left our skyline. Stay Hard Big Tex. You will be missed.
October 19, 2012
We were at the Fair yesterday and now have one of the last photos of a true legend. Even when burning Tex remained on his station. A true Texan who may be rebuilt but will never be replaced.
October 19, 2012
I always had a hunka hunka burning love for the big guy!!! R.I.P. BIG GUY
October 19, 2012
Howdy Big Tex....hope you'll be back next year.
October 19, 2012
We always posed for pictures in front of Big Tex and he's one of the main reasons we go to the fair every year. RIP BT!
October 19, 2012
A Texas icon, as much as The Alamo, San Jacinto Memorial, or The Capitol in Austin. He has adorn postcards and fruitcake tins an posters. I hope they build a new and bigger Big Tex, thanks for the memories, big guy.
October 19, 2012
it was a good run, Big Tex!!!
October 19, 2012
Not saying goodbye because you will be back!
October 19, 2012
This is such a sad day for all of Texas. We'll miss you greatly Big Man but look forward to your reincarnation into a bigger, better, stronger BIG TEX and that comforting, booming H-O-W-D-Y! Till we meet again, my friend.
October 19, 2012
:(....
October 19, 2012
He will be missed and I am saddened by his passing.
October 19, 2012
Saw you when you first came to the Fair when I was 9 years old. You were always THE meeting place. Every year you brought me back to the good times I always had at the GREAT STATE FAIR OF TEXAS as voiced by Ole Jim Lowe.
October 19, 2012
He'll be baaack!
October 19, 2012
Farewell, Big Tex! You brought joy to many people. They may rebuild you, but it won't be the same.. I'm sad that I didn't have one last fair visit before moving out of Texas now....
October 19, 2012
I always had a hunka hunka burning love for the big guy!!!! R.I.P.
October 19, 2012
I was 6 when you first came to the State Fair. You were always the meeting place for family and friends. You will be greatly missed, Big Tex. R.I.P.
October 19, 2012
Like a Phoenix, he will return next year.
October 19, 2012
r.i.p you will be miss not seeing you at the fair every year
October 19, 2012
Growing up in Fort Worth I never missed
seeing you when I went to the fair. My
mom called me at work and gave me the sad
news. Thanks for the wonderful memories!!
October 19, 2012
I know we hadn't seen much of each other since you moved to Texas but you will always be my baby brother. Heaven must of needed a greeter at the Pearly Gates. Say "Howdy" to St. Peter for me.
October 19, 2012
So glad my son got to see you before your untimely death. R.I.P. Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
He came from my home county of Navarro, Texas
October 19, 2012
I grew up with my family attending the State Fair of Texas every year. The school system gave each student a free park & city bus pass, and closed the school for a State Fair holiday. Big Tex was always my favorite part of the fair. My parents told us if we got lost, go to Big Tex and they would find us (I know... a long time ago when it was safer to get lost as a kid). I carried on the same tradition with my two son's. I'm going to miss that man!
October 19, 2012
Who would have known my trip home from NC would be the last time I would see BIG TEX. You gave me and my family and especially my first grandson great memories YOU WILL BE MISSED But not forgotten!
October 19, 2012
RIP, Big Tex. You will be missed! Adios from an ex-pat Native Texan.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex is an icon. This is a sad day but I am sure he will be back. There have only been 4 years since 1969 that I have missed going to the State Fair. Big Tex was as much a part of the experience as the Fletcher's Corn Dog.
October 19, 2012
Happy Trails to you, Big Tex! I have photos of me, family and friends standing in front of you since I was a toddler. Thanks for the memories. #RIPBigTex
October 19, 2012
I'll miss you, big buddy! (Big Tex was Santa before he arrived at the State Fair in 1952)
October 19, 2012
I've know Tex since I was a little girl! He'll be sorely missed!
October 19, 2012
I have many great memories of meeting friends and family in your shadow. You will be missed.
October 19, 2012
I heard they're going to "rebuild" you better than before Big Tex. Nope, no other Big Tex will ever do! You were our original. I've known you my whole life (48 years) and the fair just won't be the fair without you. I will miss you greatly : (
October 19, 2012
Definitely a new era for the Texas fair with good ol' Big Tex gone.
October 19, 2012
Here is to the most handsome Texan I've ever seen! 60 years old is just so young!!
October 19, 2012
RIP
October 19, 2012
I REMEMBER BIG TEX BEFORE HE COULD TALK. That was the highlight of our fair visit, going to see Big Tex.
October 19, 2012
Big Tex was my first boyfriend!!! I will miss his "Howdy" forever! Godspeed, Tex.
October 19, 2012
Most likely caused from heartburn eating the wonderful corndogs over the years..
Peace be with You Big Tex..
October 19, 2012
You will be missed! R.I.P Big Guy!
October 19, 2012
Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's next Tallest man . Big Tex will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. October 19,2012
October 19, 2012
When my Parent's would get lost, i told them to meet me by BIG TEX. R.I.P.
October 19, 2012
Thanks for the memories Big Tex! You will be missed!
October 19, 2012
To all those who have been inspired and believe that they could reach for something bigger than BIG TEX. May God bless you and continue to bless Texas.
October 19, 2012
Long you stood watch over the fair,
Giving us memories to share,
Whether skies were sunny or dark,
You always smiled down at Fair Park.
Good bye, big guy!
October 19, 2012
I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WELL BIG TEX BUT R.I.L.
October 19, 2012
where will we meet up now if we get lost at the fair? RIP OG Big TEX
October 19, 2012
We in Dallas feel like we have lost a family member. I can hear him talk. "Howey Folks" RIP Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
My family moved to Texas from Florida in 1972. We went to the State Fair the next month and I remember being in awe of Big Tex. He was TEXAS! Especially through the eyes of a 12 year old Florida girl transplanted to Texas. I can't deny I feel sad, like a piece of my history is gone. God Bless Texas and Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
Tear..Tear... R.I.P. Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
RIP BIG TEX...
I know deep down they will rebuild you better n stronger.
Today is a sad day in the state fair of Texas history
October 19, 2012
A sad day... Good Bye Big Tex
Cant help but tear up :(
October 19, 2012
There is no RIP for Big Tex!! He will come back!!
October 19, 2012
We in Dallas feel like we have lost a family member. I can hear him talk. "Howey Folks" RIP Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
Thankfully it happened at almost the close of the fair. This is a picture of Big Tex before he was sold to The Texas State Fair for $750. He was a huge Santa :) Some history :)
October 19, 2012
Anytime I think of the State Fair of Texas, Big Tex is the image that comes to mind. R.I.P. Big Tex.
October 19, 2012
Have enjoyed Big Tex for 59 of my 62 yrs,can't imagine the State Fair of Texas w/out Big Tex, he'll be missed til rebuilt. Mike San Diego,Ca.
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex
October 19, 2012
R.I.P Big Tex
October 19, 2012
Please no need to "improve" him. Make the the same. Some traditions should remain as they are.
October 19, 2012
You were a huge part of our city's history and culture and you will be missed. RIP
October 19, 2012
That was a hell of a birthday party! Guess the candles were a bit to much. Oops.
We will rebuild you Big Tex! We can't have a state fair without you looking down on us. ;-)
October 19, 2012
Sad day in Texas...you will be missed...
October 19, 2012
Sad Day, RIP Big Tex. I am glad I saw you last week! I know you will come back bigger and better :) We will be waiting! I guess it just was your time. Goodbye Big Tex at age 60!
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex. You will be missed.
October 19, 2012
We will miss you, Big Tex! I was only 6 yrs old when you welcomed me to the big State Fair of Texas!!
October 19, 2012
This is the best pair of Levi's I had ever seen. I always wanted to stand in the pocket. I remember when I was asked as a child who was the most famous person I'd ever met, I replied "Big Tex". Rest in peace, big guy. We will see you again soon.
October 19, 2012
You will be missed
October 19, 2012
Awwww my man. I always make a point to take a picture with the Big Guy. i've been seeing you for over 55 yrs :(
October 19, 2012
As a child, he always seemed so big. As an adult, he never got any smaller. A cornerstone of many great memories.
October 19, 2012
Too young...Too soon. RIP Big Tex
October 19, 2012
When we were children my brother and I would go to the State Fair each year using the free tickets and bus vouchers we got from our school. My mom would always tell us to meet in front of Big Tex if we got lost or separated. 40 years later, you are still our meeting place. I guess we ttuly will be lost without you . . .
October 19, 2012
Farewell Big Tex!!We will miss you!!!!

Jayla Hannah & Idena!
October 19, 2012
Oh Big Tex, we are coming to the fair tomorrow as planned - my kids are 11 and 2 and they've never met you (We've been living overseas the past decade and just moved back). I was so excited for them to see you, and now so bummed that they never got a chance to meet you. I hope you somehow come back....it will be a sad day tomorrow when you aren't there to welcome me, as you always did.
October 19, 2012
You went out in a blaze of glory.

RIP!!
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex . You were a giant of a man!
October 19, 2012
RIP Big Tex
October 19, 2012
So very sad. I'm really glad I made it to the Fair this year before the tragedy. Big Tex was a good friend of mine. Hope to see him back in place next year. What an icon.
October 19, 2012
R.I.P.
October 19, 2012
I guess that carnival food left him with "burning" indegestion! R.I.P. Big Tex, watch out for those deep fried jalapenos!
October 19, 2012
I've been in Texas for 17 years, and finally went to the state fair last weekend. I'm so glad to have personally experienced the icon, that I had only seen on TV. RIP BIG TEX
October 19, 2012
Via Con Dios Big Tex
October 19, 2012
I took this photo just a few days ago. Poor thing. I hope they can revive him.
October 19, 2012
Lower the flags at half mast Governor Rick Perry...this is truly a sad day in history...but please make a new Big Tex and family...this would be best for all those in Texas
October 19, 2012
R.I.P. my friend..... Loved you for ALL of your 60 years.. Now both of my Fair Icons are gone... Elsie the Cow and now you...... Sad..
October 19, 2012
R.I.P. Big Guy.
October 19, 2012
We will miss you big tex, thanks for all the memories!!! the boyer family
October 19, 2012
The Fair will never be the same! :(
October 19, 2012
They will re-build him... bigger...better...stronger ... RIP Big Tex..
October 19, 2012
I'm 50 yrs old. As early as 10 yrs old, Mom would drop us early @ front gate, watch us walk in. We ALWAYS met @ BIG TEX later. Seeing him talk is always a thrill -- brings back memories. PLEASE REBUILD HIM BEFORE NEXT YEAR -- JUST AS HE'S BEEN FOR LAST 60 YRS!!!
October 19, 2012
Big Tex was a beloved member of the State Fair family. He will be missed.
October 19, 2012
You will be very missed BIG TEX may you RIP =( they should have used fire retardent on you
October 19, 2012
So many memories. Love you Big Guy. You went out in a blaze of Glory!
October 19, 2012
We love you "Big Tex"! Please send us another member of your adorable family.
October 19, 2012
We (the Austin Lounge Lizards) wrote and recorded a song about Big Tex a number of years ago. I am very sorry to see him go and I hope "Big Tex 2" takes his place.
October 19, 2012
Farewell to old Big Tex,, he's been the icon of the State Fair for years and yearsssss! Let's get ready and start designing a NEW and IMPROVED Big Tex!
October 19, 2012
The fair will not be the same until they rebuild you !!
RIP Big Tex
October 19, 2012
We were just there this week. He was fine when we left.
October 19, 2012
HE was the main thing I always looked forward to when I went to the fair as a little girl . He will be missed, I was hoping for my son to get to see him. Maybe next year Big Tex, Jr.
October 19, 2012
So sorry to hear of the loss of Tex! Though he wasn't one for deep conversations, he was very friendly. He wasn't concerned about new fads, only comfort, preferring to wear his beloved Texas shirt day in and day out. He was loved by all and will be sorely missed.
October 19, 2012
Here's to 60 years, big bud. I am sure they will build a new you, but you were the original.
October 19, 2012
I'll never forget the first time I saw Big Tex and was in awe of his larger than life stature, snappy attire and booming voice. His friendly call of "howdy folks" marked the best time of the year. I'll miss ya Big Tex.
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