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Unique tombstones prevail at the Wyuka Cemetery

Unique tombstones prevail at the Wyuka Cemetery

Rich in unusual tombstones, this small-town burial ground has a rolltop desk gravestone and a marker shaped like a law book.

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Final rest at the Poor Farm

Final rest at the Poor Farm

Completely surrounded by farm fields, the cemetery was part of the Almshouse, built by Livingston County in 1859 to provide a home for people who were poor, mentally or physically ill. From 1877 to 1934 residents that had no money were buried here. Recently, the cemetery was restored and includes a marker along Old Route 66.

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Badlands Prairie Dog looms large

Badlands Prairie Dog looms large

This funky pink and yellow concrete dog stands guard at the Ranch Store, near the entrance of the Badlands National Park. The anorexic steer sign atop the store might even be better.

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Tyree Guyton’s  Heidelberg Project – will rise from the ashes, again and again

Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project – will rise from the ashes, again and again

Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project is still the best known, thanks to the millions of polka dots with which he’s blanketed his neighborhood. Trees, houses, streets and sidewalks all dotted up in a downtrodden part of town he’s determined to help heal through the power of art.

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Driving on the sidewalk … Route 66’s Sidewalk Highway, that is.

Driving on the sidewalk … Route 66’s Sidewalk Highway, that is.

In between Miami and Afton is a zig-zaggy stretch of 9 foot wide original Route 66 roadbed, hence the “Sidewalk” moniker. In certain places of this narrow byway, you can see the original white lines on the edges of the Portland concrete road.

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“Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.” – Hatch Show Print

“Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.” – Hatch Show Print

If you follow country music, country music history, or the history, art and culture of the American South, sooner or later you’re bound to run into the letters, images and unmistakable “look” of Hatch Show Print. They’re one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.

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Fantastic (and sweet) Hartman Rock Garden

Fantastic (and sweet) Hartman Rock Garden

Hartman Historical Rock Garden 1905 Russell Avenue at McCain Springfield, OH http://www.hartmanrockgarden.org Environment with rocks Recently restored by the Kohler Foundation, the Hartman Rock Garden is one of the most intriguing and revered works of in situ folk art, an outsider art phenomena where self-taught…

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Larry Baggett’s folk art tribute to the Trail of Tears

Larry Baggett’s folk art tribute to the Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears Memorial – Larry Baggett 21250 State Rt D Newburg, MO Concrete environment, Route 66 art Larry Baggett lived between Newburg and Jerome, just off I-44, along an old stretch of Route 66. “My doctor gave me three years to live, 20 years…

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Counterfeiting scheme foiled at Route 66’s Rock of Ages station

Counterfeiting scheme foiled at Route 66’s Rock of Ages station

Rock of Ages Conoco Station US-66 Arcadia, OK Service station relic Stories have it that the back window was an entrance to a secret room where they counterfeited money. (Oh, and be careful pulling on and off the highway.) It goes like this: Back in…

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Delicious undead cocktails at Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den

Delicious undead cocktails at Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den

Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den 2027 North 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN (612) 588-9700 http://www.donnydirks.com Drinks for the undead “Donny Dirk’s is a bar. A saloon. A drinkery. A defiant outpost of madness in a world gone sane. A rest stop for the wicked on the way…

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