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My personal “Basketball Jones”

My personal “Basketball Jones”

It’s the time of year that Kansas City becomes a basketball mecca. NAIA, Big 12 Tourney, First and second rounds of NCAA’s March Madness.My parents loved basketball. They always took us out of school to attend the NAIA tournament, complete with our own brackets to…

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“Sorry, We’re Open” — The Snow Cap Drive-In

“Sorry, We’re Open” — The Snow Cap Drive-In

Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In 301 W Chino Ave Seligman, AZ (988) 422-3291 American, Ice cream, Hamburgers This place is always hoppin’ with overflow crowds flowing out of Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In. Built in 1953 by local resident Juan Delgadillo (Angel’s brighter), with an extremely limited…

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Journey to the Center of the World

Journey to the Center of the World

Center of the World 1 Center of the World Drive Felicity, CA 760-572-0100 The Center of the World sits in a far more rugged and less populated environment, near the Imperial Sand Dunes in California’s southeast corner. But it has a pyramid, some winding stairs…

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Get your souvenirs on at Skip Maisel’s

Get your souvenirs on at Skip Maisel’s

Skip Maisel’s Indian Jewelry 510 Central Ave SW Albuquerque, NM (505) 242-6526 website Built by Morris Maisel in the late 1930’s, on old Route 66, it is now a Route 66 landmark. During its heyday in the late 40s and early 50s, he employed over…

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PeeWee Herman’s Dinosaurs

PeeWee Herman’s Dinosaurs

Claude Bell’s Dinosaurs 50800 Seminole Dr Cabazon, CA 951-849-8309 Also known as the Cabazon Dinosaurs and Claude Bell’s Dinos, since they were prominently featured in Mr. Herman’s Big Adventure. Claude Bell made ’em from leftover highway construction materials to lure traffic in off of I-10,…

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The eccentric Mrs. Winchester’s House

The eccentric Mrs. Winchester’s House

Winchester Mystery House 525 South Winchester Boulevard San Jose, CA 408 247-2101 website Built: 1884 – 1922 In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until…

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“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

Watts Towers – Sabatino (Simon, Sam) Rodia 1879–1965 1765 East 107th St Los Angeles, CA Mosaic environment Built: c. 1921-1954 “I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.”  – Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk…

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Loretto Chapel’s Miraculous Staircase

Loretto Chapel’s Miraculous Staircase

Loretto Chapel 207 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, NM (505) 982-0092 website When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded…

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Pyramid in wind-whipped Wyoming — Ames Brothers Pyramid

Pyramid in wind-whipped Wyoming — Ames Brothers Pyramid

Ames Brothers Pyramid East of Laramie on I-80 Laramie, WY Roadside monument The high point of the Transcontinental Railroad was marked by this massive self-serving monument to the money men behind it – one of whom later ended up being kicked out of the Senate…

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God is love … (and so is Leonard Knight)

God is love … (and so is Leonard Knight)

Salvation Mountain – Leonard Knight November 1, 1931 — Niland, CA Religious/spiritual Built: mid 1980s-present  “…I still like to do it my way. I’m gonna make a lot of mistakes, but let me make ‘em.” – Grassroots Art Center exhibit  “Jesus, I am a sinner….

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