An interesting monument is erected in the American city of Enterprise (Alabama). Ceres, the four-meter goddess of fertility, holds in her hands a bronze weevil beetle. How did the pest deserve such an honor?
And the merit of the gluttonous insect is that in 1915 he destroyed all cotton crops in Alabama, and the farmers of this southern state were on the verge of complete ruin. It seems that the reason to erect a monument to the weevil is more than dubious? But it’s not that simple.
For a long time, cotton was the main crop of local farmers. Receiving stable annual yields, they did not even think about growing other crops. As the saying goes, they don't look for good from good.
The invasion of the insidious beetle forced the farmers to start growing those crops that the weevil does not eat. As a result, farmers have acquired a diversified economy. Peanuts, potatoes, sugarcane brought huge incomes, thanks to which, not only the destroyed economy was restored, but also considerable incomes were obtained.
In 1919, the residents of the Enterprise erected a monument with a "touching" inscription: "In a token of deep gratitude to the cotton weevil, a monument has been erected by the citizens of the Enterprise."