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Steaks the size of your head at Big Texan

Steaks the size of your head at Big Texan

Big Texan Restaurant 7701 E. Interstate 40 Amarillo, TX 806-372-6000 Website Souvenirs galore! A Route 66 icon since 1960, it is home to the “Free 72 oz. Steak.” (If you can eat their 72 oz. steak dinner in one hour, you’ll get it free ……

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Quigley’s Castle – An Arkansas folk art environment built to last

Quigley’s Castle – An Arkansas folk art environment built to last

Quigley’s Castle – Elise Quigley 1910-1984 274 Quigley Castle Rd Eureka Springs, AR 479-253-8311 Website Environment with rocks My grandmother’s maiden name was Elise Fiovanti.  She was Italian. She came to the Ozarks when she was nine.  She loved the outdoors and began to collect…

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A welded wonderland in Arkansas — Finton Shaw

A welded wonderland in Arkansas — Finton Shaw

Finton Shaw October 26, 1946 — May 20, 2012 5080 Hwy 64 West Conway, AR 501-329-0709 Website Artist deceased, site status unknown Finton Shaw was born in England, Arkansas on October 26, 1946. At a very early age he began showing an interest in drawing…

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Ave Maria Grotto – Small buildings make a big impact

Ave Maria Grotto – Small buildings make a big impact

Ave Maria Grotto – Joseph Zoetl 1878 — 1961 1600 St Bernard Dr SE Cullman, AL 256-734-4110 Website Religious/spiritual environment Built: 1932 – 1958 At the age of 13, Joseph Zoettl, almost died of the flu that swept Europe.  A year later, when candidates for…

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All that we love deeply becomes a part of us — Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner

All that we love deeply becomes a part of us — Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner

Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner May 23, 1943-2013 2305 Francis St. Houston, TX Folk Art Environment Built: 2003-present Artist deceased, site status unknown A green oasis beckons amid rows of ramshackle houses in the Third Ward, near the University of Houston campus. Cleveland Turner’s gaily painted house…

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Footwear folliage at Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum

Footwear folliage at Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum

Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum 105 N. 12th Vega, TX 806 267-2828 Welded environment, Boot tree, Inspiration for “Cars” Dot Leavitt and her husband Harold owned Vega Zero Lockers, a cold freezer storage in the 40s and 50s. (Remember, at the time most people didn’t have…

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27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about summer vacations. Whether you are going to be sticking close to home, or planning a big road trip across country, here are 27 apps you should have on your phone before you leave town. Of…

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If music was a religion, then Memphis would be Jerusalem … Sun, Stax and Goner Records

If music was a religion, then Memphis would be Jerusalem … Sun, Stax and Goner Records

Sun Record Company 706 Union Ave Memphis, TN (901) 521-0664 Website Wikipedia National Historic Landmark “If music was a religion, then Memphis would be Jerusalem and Sun Studio its most holy shrine.” This historic recording studio was established by Sam Phillips in February 1952. It…

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The many grave markers of Robert Johnson

The many grave markers of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson (1911-1938) The famed Mississippi Delta bluesman from Hazelhurst who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for talent to sing the blues. This exchanged occurred at the “Crossroads” near Clarksdale. His landmark recordings from 1936 to 1937 display a combination of singing,…

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Trabajo rustico masterpiece in Arkansas was featured in Gone with the Wind

Trabajo rustico masterpiece in Arkansas was featured in Gone with the Wind

Old Mill Park – Dionicio Rodriguez c. 1891-1955 4500 Lakeshore Drive North Little Rock, AR 501-758-1424 Trabajo rustico The Old Mill in the five-acre T. R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) contains the work of noted Mexican sculptor Dionicio Rodriguez, who…

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