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



Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:00:02 -0600

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. ...



Anxious America, Bigger Button Museum

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:03:16 -0600

Buttons don't just hold clothes together; they hold forth with announcements, art, and opinions. It's those kinds of pin-back buttons that are made at the Busy Beaver Button Co., which in late November 2016 moved to a new location.



Samurai Sword of Pilot Who Bombed Oregon, Brookings, OR

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:06:56 -0600

Feature: A forest near Brookings was firebombed by a Japanese pilot in World War II. ...



Michael Delligatti, Father of the Big Mac (1918-2016)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:54:17 -0600

Michael Delligatti can eat all the Big Macs he wants in heaven, having passed away today at the age of 98. He invented the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago.



Fort Humboldt - Lonely Ulysses S. Grant Army Post, Eureka, CA

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:51:18 -0600

Feature: Young Grant is said to have cultivated his signature taste for whiskey at this foggy hilltop 19th century military installation. ...



World's Largest Redwood Tree Service Station, Ukiah, CA

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:27:01 -0600

Feature: Constructed from a redwood tree trunk moved to Ukiah from a grove in 1936. ...



Gettysburg Museum of History, Gettysburg, PA

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:40:04 -0600

Feature: Erik Dorr's personal collection of historic relics includes a bloodstained piece of Hitler's suicide couch, Marilyn Monroe's bra, and JFK's underpants. ...



Spiderwebman II, We Hope

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:13:46 -0600

Will Knight, proprietor of Knight's Spider Web Farm, says he hopes to revive his attraction in 2017 after a devastating fire burned down his web barn.



Sleep Well, Button King (1930-2016)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:08:48 -0600

Dalton Stevens, who said he never did get much sleep, now has gone to his eternal rest.



One Log House To Transcend Its One Loggedness

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:49:16 -0600

The new proprietors of the Famous One Log House, a vintage tree-home along California's Redwood Highway -- land of the Drive-Thru Trees -- want to diversify the flora of their plant-based attraction.



Oz Museum, Wamego, KS

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:57:28 -0600

Feature: Thousands of Wizard of Oz artifacts help cement the everlasting association of over-the-rainbow and Kansas. ...



We’ll Cross That Bridge When We… Oh Wait. Never Mind.

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:56:59 -0600

Among the Seven Deadly Sins of roadside attractions, Procrastination is perhaps the worst.



Junior Banks' Fortress of Faith, Greenback, TN

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:15:57 -0600

Feature: An incomplete castle hand-built by one man, and later blessed by the Lord. ...



Hermit Feud Murder Weapon, Gold Beach, OR

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:29:13 -0600

Feature: In 1933, a hermit ambushed and killed a neighbor with a booby trap gun. ...



Junior Banks for President

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:43:26 -0600

We were surprised to see that Junior Banks was a write-in candidate for U.S. President in 2008 as "Castleman" Banks.



McCubbin's Transformers, Stillwater, OK

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 14:42:38 -0600

Feature: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, 22 and 20 feet tall, stand five miles apart in front of a body shop's two locations. ...



Ames Pyramid Now A Landmark

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:40:43 -0500

The Ames Brothers Pyramid has been designated a National Historic Landmark.



Giant Abe, Perry Como, Honesty

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:11:22 -0500

Built in 2014, a 25-foot-tall statue of Abe Lincoln and Perry Como has gradually made its way westward, from New Jersey to Ohio to Indiana....to Illinois



Roller Coaster Red: Muffler Man Casualty

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:35:03 -0500

Nevada is known for its history of Cold War atomic blasts, but it may have dodged a fireworks mushroom cloud in 2016 due to the sacrifice of a Muffler Man.