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Canadian, Texas: Steeped in Rodeo and Ranching History

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There are also plenty of opportunities to sight-see, including a visit to the fruit orchards at Sweet Ruthie’s River Ranch, where tourists and locals alike can pick pecans, berries, peaches, plums, and tomatoes, among other produce which may be in-season at the time of your visit. And when you’re traveling north in the area, along U.S. 83, keep an eye out for “Aud” – a dinosaur measuring 50 feet in length and 17 feet in height, constructed of steel, wire mesh, and concrete, overlooking the highway approximately five miles from Canadian. Built by Gene Cockrell in 1992, the creature is actually named for his wife, Audrey, and overlooks the town from an eastern bluff. In an interview with, he said he installed Aud in order that children traveling up U.S. 83 “would always know when they were almost home.”



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