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Offbeat Tourist Attractions, Museums, Monuments - Road Trips, News, and Reviews

Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:00:01 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2006-2016, Doug Kirby, Ken Smith, Mike Wilkins

Sheet Metal Man Driving Tractor, Westfield, IA

Thu, 01 Jun 2051 23:00:00 -0600

Visitor Tip: "Sheetmetal Steve" (I just made that up) sits on an unstyled John Deere tractor that is pulling a plow. ...

Mahalchik's Fabulous Fifty Acres, Mount Holly, NJ

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:01:42 -0500

Feature: Was the protest folk art HQ of John Mahalchik (1918-1987), a pilot and army surplus dealer who ran for President in the 1970s. ...

Tie Hack Monument, Dubois, WY

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:41:47 -0500

Feature: Tie Hacks "hacked" railroad ties out of Wyoming trees. ...

Hall of Presidents and First Ladies, Gettysburg, PA

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:03:56 -0500

Feature: Classic gallery exhibits the waxy U.S ...

Street Corner President: George W. Bush, Rapid City, SD

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:15:27 -0500

Feature: Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America, stands in front of a Hardee's holding his dog, Barney. ...

Historic Museum of Torture Devices, Alton, IL

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 19:17:22 -0500

Feature: Chastity belts, Native American foot torture, "the much-dreaded Chinese Death Cage," and many more examples. ...

Statue of Leroy Brown, Famous Fish, Eufaula, AL

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:42:20 -0500

Feature: Leroy Brown, remarkable fish in life and bizarre kidnapping victim in death. ...

The Pig Museum, Linn, MO

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 18:57:19 -0500

Feature: Thousands of pig-themed items displayed inside an 1882 farm house; also offers petting opportunities with friendly live farm animals. ...

Doug Bast's House of History, Boonsboro, MD

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:32:21 -0500

Feature: Historical museum displays a real human arm with lodged bullet, and a bullet carved to resemble Abe Lincoln, among other odd exhibits. ...

Sinful Sign Scam in Sin City

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:22:10 -0500

Reports surfaced of scam artists working at the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign...

Gods In The House

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:41:37 -0500

Author Neil Gaiman is a fan of Roadside America, particularly when it comes to his fantasy novel "American Gods."

Lost Doggie Diner Head Resurrected, Sort Of

Fri, 20 May 2016 14:14:47 -0500

Typically we'd flag a tip like this as a shaggy dog tale, if it wasn't for the photographic evidence and the veracity of its source.

Sun Setting on Foamhenge

Mon, 02 May 2016 09:46:54 -0500

The megalithic masterpiece has been given "the official pink slip" by the state of Virginia and will be gone (or moved elsewhere) by August 1st, 2016.

Sweet 16: Looks Like a Beauty

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:50:20 -0600

2015 was a year that pundits proclaimed was a downer, but in the Roadside universe it rolled along with few potholes or washouts.

Vacation of a Lifetime

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:43:48 -0600

For a generation of roadside fans, the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983) defined the horror and wonder of the American road trip.

Don’t Pave On Me

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 16:11:19 -0500

Tree in Road, Brayton, Iowa. Roads rule in America. The idea that something as easily bulldozed as a tree could force a detour seems preposterous. Yet it has happened, and the stubborn stay-putters have become pilgrimage destinations for the rest of us. We draw strength from their tenacity; perhaps we, too, will not be asphalted […]

Building the Roadside Capital of the World

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 19:11:19 -0500

Cave City, Kentucky, is the Roadside Attraction Capital of the World. The world doesn't know that yet, but Will Russell does.

Looking Forward: Walk-Thru Shuttle, Sidewalk Sea Monster

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:46:45 -0600

We’ve been at this game long enough to know that promised roadside wonders have a way of vanishing like icy beverages out of a back seat cooler in July. Rumors, press releases, and premature news stories set the stage for disappointment. And yet, 2014 was a year when many promises came true, even those that sounded […]

Dr. Mütter: Surgeon Behind the Specimens

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:49:50 -0600

Philadelphia's Mütter Museum started as the ultimate cabinet of curiosities, and for all the right reasons. Review of a biography of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, pioneering surgeon and doctor of the monsters.