Tag archive for roadside attraction

Desert View Tower and Boulder Park Caves

In 1920, when Bert Vaughn started work on his Desert View Tower, people motoring across the mountains that jut up out here near the Mexican border inevitably needed a place to stop and cool down.

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The Land of Pasaquan – Eddie Owens Martin (St EOM)

Eddie Owens Martin led what was perhaps one of the strangest lives we’ve come across on our journeys. In the 1930s, after years of living on the streets of New York, he came down with a severe case of pneumonia.

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Miles Mahan’s Hula Ville

Despite being a California State Landmark, this folk art environment was dismantled. Luckily, some of the pieces were saved and can be seen in the California Route 66 Museum: “Hula Ville – Twentieth Century Folk Art”.

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Porter Sculpture Park – Wayne Porter

This jaw-dropping sculpture park is located on the the South Dakota Drift Prairie, with more than fifty industrial art sculptures. All created by Wayne Porter with scrap metal, old farm equipment, or railroad tie plates.

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More Roadside Attractions…Southern-style

Texas? Arkansas? P. O. Photo Op 500 Wood St Texarkana, Ar or TX This post office straddles the state lines of Arkansas and Texas, and the folks of Texarkana are keenly aware of the photo op. There is even a railing to lean against for…

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Another Roadside Attraction… or 5

I fled soggy KC to head a bit north to Iowa and test out the upcoming travel app “Best Road Trip Ever!” Traveling the back roads, you can’t help but find something to make you stop the car and go “Huh?” Giant Princess Pocahontas Pocahontas,…

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Wigwam Motel in Cave City, KY

And so I did.  This is one of the last three Wigwam Motels left in America (The other 2 are in Holbrook, AZ and Rialto, CA).  The beds were surprisingly comfortable, the room quite cozy.  Be forewarned, the modern creature comforts are not found (no…

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Erika Nelson and her World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things, among other things…

Erika Nelson  |  1972 (?) –   |  Lucas, KS Traveling collection  |  Creation dates unknown Erika is a force to be reckoned with.  Once upon a time, Erika was working for a television new station, doing graphics, then taught at KU, then was offered another…

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Some Roadside Attractions in Kansas

If you have ever caught the KCPT Public Television series, “Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations,”  you know that not all of their stops include self-taught art and visionary sites.  At times there are visits to some of the places your dad wouldn’t stop on those…

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FAST — The Fiberglass Stature Factory

F.A.S.T.   |  Sparta, WI Signage company boneyard OK, it isn’t really a folk art environment, but there is something quite eerily interesting about this fiberglass graveyard.  This is where every miniature golf obstacle, dinosaurs, Big Boys, sharks and other oversized critters that you have seen…

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