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    Jack Rabbit statue & historical markers, Odessa Texas
    The Jackrabbit Statue in Odessa, Texas
    Corner of W 8th & W Sam Houston
    Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
    Historical Marker Text

    The Jackrabbit

    True plains Rabbit. Lives only in the west. Burro-like ears gave him his name. Color is protective, blending with sand and dry grass. Very long legs make him a swift runner, clocked at speeds to 45 miles and hour. Object of hunts with Greyhounds.

    Was prized by plains Indians for food and fur. To white man a reminder of desert-hard life. In drouth and depression, meat source for thousands.

    Subject of tall tales. Actual hero of world's only Jackrabbit Rodeo, in Odessa, May 1932.
    Jackrabbit historical marker, Odessa Texas
    The Jackrabbit Historical Marker
    Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp

    World's First Championship Jackrabbit Roping

    World's first Championship Jackrabbit Roping marker, Odessa Texas
    World's First Championship Jackrabbit Roping Historical Marker
    Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
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