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Carhenge – they eschew Druids, but love Stonehenge

Carhenge – they eschew Druids, but love Stonehenge

Carhenge is perfectly suited to the great wide open. James Reinders carefully laid it out to echo the real ‘Henge, right down to the capstones that bring in the summer solstice.

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The King of Condiments on Route 66

The King of Condiments on Route 66

There’s a certain amount of civic pride that can be squeezed out of something like this, and the folks of Collinsville have definitely done so.

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Basketball road trip Kansas City … great music fills the air

Basketball road trip Kansas City … great music fills the air

If you find yourself in town for one of the many basketball tourneys in the next weeks, and need a respite from the squeaky-sneakers-on-wooden-courts, you may want to check out some of the venues with good tunes.

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The Giant Bullhead of the Prairie will wake you up while traveling I-90

The Giant Bullhead of the Prairie will wake you up while traveling I-90

This jaw-dropping sculpture park is located on the the South Dakota Drift Prairie, with more than fifty industrial art sculptures. All created by Wayne Porter with scrap metal, old farm equipment, or railroad tie plates.

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Shrine of the Black Madonna

Shrine of the Black Madonna

This gorgeous garden of grottos was built to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa, who came to be known as the Black Madonna because of the way she appeared in early paintings. Brother Bronislaus Luszcz literally did all the building here, using rocks, broken glass, and castoff jewelry to add to the splendor.

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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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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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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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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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