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Giant head of Abraham Lincoln looms large over I-80

Giant head of Abraham Lincoln looms large over I-80

Talk about a head of state. Once upon a time, Ol’ Abe stood watch at Sherman Summit, the highest point on his namesake coast-to-coast highway, Lincoln Highway.

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Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long’s Bottle Ranch

Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long’s Bottle Ranch

Even though Elmer’s teeming forest of bottle trees stands alongside one of those desolate stretches of old Route 66 between Barstow and San Bernadino, he says it doesn’t have much to do with the famous roadway.

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A mighty fancy men’s room at the Madonna Inn

A mighty fancy men’s room at the Madonna Inn

It’s a sprawling pink and white motel complex on the edge of town, with pictures and paintings of the Madonna family that owns it (and big stars who knew them) liberally sprinkled around the lobby.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery, where the studio is still in operation today. The cemetery of choice for most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios,

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The remarkable subterranean gardens of Baldasare Forestiere

The remarkable subterranean gardens of Baldasare Forestiere

The genius of this place is in its adaptation to the terrain. The story began back in 1905, when Forestiere Baldasare, a Sicilian immigrant, had come westward in the early 1900s with dreams of farming success.

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Desert View Tower and Boulder Park Caves

Desert View Tower and Boulder Park Caves

In 1920, when Bert Vaughn started work on his Desert View Tower, people motoring across the mountains that jut up out here near the Mexican border inevitably needed a place to stop and cool down.

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Hula Ville – Route 66 folk art attraction became a legend

Hula Ville – Route 66 folk art attraction became a legend

Despite being a California State Landmark, this folk art environment was dismantled. Luckily, some of the pieces were saved and can be seen in the California Route 66 Museum: “Hula Ville – Twentieth Century Folk Art”.

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Musee Mecanique’s “Laughing Sal” is one of the stranger sailors on Pier 45

Musee Mecanique’s “Laughing Sal” is one of the stranger sailors on Pier 45

Located on Pier 45 at the Fisherman’s Wharf, there are over 300 vintage and novel coin operated machines, collected by the late Edward Galland Zelinsky, who started his collection at the ripe old age of 11.

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Ride the fur-covered Jackalope!

Ride the fur-covered Jackalope!

It’s a jackalope two-fer! Outside is the fiberglass beauty, and the jack inside the Exxon Country Store…ohhhh, it’s a big one and fur-covered.

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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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