Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. (Courtesy photo)

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers

For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive through town to view the 48 painted fiberglass cows located at various places.

A community project, the cattle were first placed in the city in 2000. Local artists painted the cows with scenes that depict the city and local area, said Karen Crim, city of Plainview administrative assistant.

“Some of the businesses have picked up on it as well and (placed) their logos on them (the cattle),” said Crim.

Plainview is also home to Wayland Baptist University, which houses the Abraham Art Gallery. Another nearby attraction is the Museum of the Llano Estacado, which features more than 80 exhibits that depict the development and history of the area.

Other attractions in the area include the Fair Theater and the JC Penney outlet store, said Crim.

A diverse array of shopping is available in the downtown area of Plainview. Specialty shops are intermingled with antique stores and shops that offer a variety of arts and crafts, said Crim.

“We still have a strong antique area in our downtown,” said Crim.

Fast facts

Information: Plainview Chamber of Commerce at (800) 658-2685 or

Maps to the city and locations of the 48 fiberglass cows are available in front of the Chamber of Commerce at 710 West Fifth St.

Directions: From Clovis take U.S. 70/84 east for approximately 30 miles. Turn left on U.S. 70 in Muleshoe. Plainview is 60 miles from Muleshoe.