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Carhenge in Alliance, NebraskaRoadside stops, strange statues, larger than life items, gimmicky signs, quirky architecture -- popping up along America's roads and highways, often bring drivers to a screeching halt, a quick turn around, or, at the very least, an expletive -- "what in hell was that?"

 

Every now and then, unsuspecting folks see something along a road trip that is just so odd that they just can't believe their eyes. Must have a second look -- must have a photograph -- must have a photograph with "me" in it. Really, is that Stonehenge in the middle of Texas? What the heck is hanging from that tree? So, why do I keep seeing huge statues of a blue ox? Why are there dinosaurs everywhere?

 

Beginning in the days of Henry Ford's Model-T's, travelers began to whiz by faster and faster, overlooking the many vendors and shops trying to peddle their wares. Solution -- build big signs, statues, and other advertising gimmicks luring people to stop. Artists were lured to build along the highways, so that passersby could see their creations. Some, however, just want to build things, not really caring if people stopped to look; hence, the Winchester House in California or a bottle house in Nevada

 

Most often though, these oddities are built to attract attention, whether it is draw people into a store or bring attention to themselves, their city, or a cause. In any event, these oddities make the drive across America bunches of fun.

 

 

Enhanced "Here It Is" Sign in Joseph City, ArizonaQuirky Stuff:

 

An Obsession With Doors & Windows

Bumper Sticker Madness

Celebrity Facts

Celebrity Ghosts

Entertainment Trivia

Presidential Trivia, Fun Facts & Firsts

Twisted Facts, History, & More

What's In a Name? - Odd Place Names in America

 

Quirky Places:

 

Quirky Arizona

Arizona Fun Facts & Trivia

Chloride - A Ghost Town and Then Some

Haunted Red Garter Bed & Bakery

Joseph City & the Jackrabbit Trading Post

Museum Club's Unearthly Guests

Yaba-Daba-Doo - Bedrock City

You Know You're in Arizona When ....

 

Quirky Arkansas

Booger Hollow, Arkansas double decker outhouseArkansas Fun Facts & Trivia

Boggy Creek Monster

Booger Hollow's Double Decker Outhouse

Hope - Watermelon Capital of the World

White River Monster

World's Largest Spinach Can

You Know You're In Arkansas When ....

 

Quirky California

California Fun Facts & Trivia

Ghosts of Alcatraz

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

No Old Woman - Just a Very Large Shoe

Salvation Mountain - A Tribute to God

Tasty and Fanciful Pez Museum

 

Quirky Colorado

Brothel Museum in Cripple Creek

Colorado Fun Facts & Trivia

Frozen Dead Guy in Nederland

Tropical Bug Museum in Colorado

Wonder Tower in Genoa

 

Quirky Idaho 

Spud Drive-In Potato, Driggs, IdahoIdaho Fun Facts & Trivia

Old Idaho Penitentiary 

Oasis Bordello Museum

Soda Springs Geyser

 

Quirky Illinois

Get Saucy in Collinsville

Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton

 

Quirky Kansas

The Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas

Kansas Fun Facts & Trivia

The Nation's Largest Sunflower

You Know You're In Kansas When ....

 

Quirky Missouri

Dental Health Theatre?

Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph

Missouri Fun Facts & Trivia

Monument to the Trail of Tears

Stonehenge in Rolla

You Know You're In Missouri When ...

 

Quirky Montana

Desert John's Saloon Museum

Merry Widow Health Mine

Montana Fun Facts & Trivia

Montana Testicle Festival

New Atlas Saloon in Columbus

 

A "dead giant" - muffler man at the Pahrump, Nevada MuseumQuirky Nevada

Goldwell Open Air Museum

M&M's World

Nevada Fun Facts & Trivia

Rhyolite Bottle Building

Stokes Castle in Austin

Thunder Mountain Park

 

Quirky New Mexico

Fridgehenge - Consumerism Stonehenge

How Hot Springs, NM, Became Truth or Consequences

New Mexico's Big Bird

New Mexico Fun Facts & Trivia

The Roswell Incident and the International UFO Museum & Research Center

Smokey Bear Historical Park, Museum & Grave in Capitan

Snakes Alive in Albuquerque

Tiny Town - Art That Dies to Live

 

Quirky North Dakota

North Dakota Fun Facts and Trivia

 

Eye of the Blue Whale, Catoosa, Oklahoma by David FiskQuirky Oklahoma

Catoosa and the Blue Whale

Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park 

Largest McDonald's In the World?

Oklahoma Fun Facts & Trivia

Tattoo Man of Bartlesville

 

Quirky South Dakota

South Dakota Fun Facts and Trivia

 

Quirky Texas

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum, San Antonio

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum, Plano

Quirky Amarillo

Stonehenge II Near Hunt

Texas Fun Facts & Trivia

 

Quirky Washington

Replica Stonehenge in Maryville

Washington Fun Facts & Trivia

 

Quirky Wyoming

The Death Ship of the Platte River

Jackalopes in Wyoming - Myth or Reality?

Little People of Wyoming & the Pedro Mountain Mummy

Monument to a Prostitute in Lusk

Outlaw Big Nose George Becomes a Pair of Shoes

Wyoming Fun Facts & Trivia

 

 

 

Art is a legalized form

 of insanity, and I do

it very well.

 

-- Stanley Marsh III

 

 

 

 

 

"Creativity is the sudden cessation

 of stupidity."

 

- Edwin Land, inventor

 

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Stanley Marsh Sign

Sign north of Thompson Park in Amarillo, Texas.  Kathy Weiser, May, 2004.

 

 

  Oasis Bordello Museum

From the Oasis Bordello Museumn Wallace, Idaho

 

 

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