The $2,300 statue was designed by a California plastics firm. The jack rabbit had been the target of many rumors and controversies. At one time an unsuccessful attempt was made by local school children to secure a mate for the "lonely rabbit." In 1970, then Chamber President Dan Hemphill called upon his directors to "correct" the naming of the statue. Hemphill contended that the jack rabbit really wasn't a rabbit at all, but a hare-a prairie hare, to be exact.
In 1997, a rabbit-napping was attempted. Which is now why Jack Ben Rabbit remains bolted to the cement slab on the grounds of the Ector County Independent School District Administration building.
The "World's Largest Jack Rabbit" has become an historical landmark in Odessa. In spite of all the events many people from all over have come and continue to visit Odessa to see what the rabbit is all about.