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Get your fizz on! — Pops is tops on Route 66

Get your fizz on! — Pops is tops on Route 66

Pop’s Route 66 – Giant Pop Bottle 660 W Highway 66 Arcadia, OK (405) 928-7677 Website Souvenirs, Giant things, Signage, Diner The 66-ft LED pop bottle is hard to miss. Pop’s is where modern architecture meets roadside attraction. The huge futuristic canopy stretches 100 feet…

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Kenny Hill’s Garden of Salvation in the bayous of Louisiana

Kenny Hill’s Garden of Salvation in the bayous of Louisiana

Garden of Salvation – Kenny Hill 5337 Bayouside Drive Chauvin, LA 985-594-2546 Concrete environment Restored/preserved  –  Open to the public Other than the fact that Kenny Hill was a bricklayer, little is known about his life. One day in 1990, on a rented piece of…

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World class American art in Arkansas…

World class American art in Arkansas…

As a continuation of  a friend’s birthday celebration, we took a road trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Although the name evokes either an annex of the nearby Precious Moments Museum, or a rehab facility, the museum itself houses a fairly impressive collection of…

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Feathered bon ton roulets in a schoolhouse — Mardi Gras Museum

Feathered bon ton roulets in a schoolhouse — Mardi Gras Museum

Mardi Gras Museum 809 Kirby Street Lake Charles, LA (337) 430-0043 Website Costumes This hidden gem, and I mean hidden in an old school-turned-art-center-with-no-signage, is a hoot to visit. The Mardi Gras Museum is a feathered extravaganza with jaw dropping costumes and freaky animated mannequins…

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Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium of Black History

Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium of Black History

Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium 1940 — 800 E. Illinois Ave Hammond, LA 70403 Environment Built: 1986 – 2001 (Aurora, IL) , 2002 – Current (Hammond, LA) In 1986, in the yard of his small home on the east side of Aurora, Dr. Charles…

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A carnie convention and Giant’s boot!

A carnie convention and Giant’s boot!

Giant’s Camp Restaurant Gibsonton, FL Closed 2007 – Giant boot memorial still stands Gibtown, as it’s known by the locals, has the largest concentration of circus and carnival folk in the country. Drawn there by warm winter conditions, they’ve made their presence known by the…

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If you have three of something, it’s a collection …

If you have three of something, it’s a collection …

UCM Museum & Abita Mystery House – John Preble 22275 Hwy 36 Abita Springs, LA 985-892-2624 Website Collection and environment And if you have four or more, it’s a foremost collection, at least according to John Preble. And he ought to know; he’s the curator…

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2013 calendar of cool events. Plan your road trips, now!

2013 calendar of cool events. Plan your road trips, now!

It’s cold. Days are short, and slowly getting longer. A perfect time to start planning your road trips!  I am plotting a spring getaway, and started to get a bit side-tracked. Hopefully, you will benefit from my google meanderings. And of course, be sure to…

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Viva the Pig! Check out the South’s best barbecue sandwiches.

Viva the Pig! Check out the South’s best barbecue sandwiches.

I really, really love BBQ, and am always on the look out for the smokey goodness. I am now in the process of adding these joints to Best Road Trip Ever! iPhone app, so I won’t miss them next time I’m on the road. They were…

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Narrow Larry’s Watts Towers model is on exhibit

Narrow Larry’s Watts Towers model is on exhibit

Never-seen-in-public architectural model of the folk art masterpiece,Watts Towers by Simon Rodia. Finally, after 15 years, “Narrow” Larry Harris’ Watts Towers model is on public view.   FARFETCHED  
MAD SCIENCE, FRINGE ARCHITECTURE AND VISIONARY ENGINEERING Gregg Museum of Art and Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh,…

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