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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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Get your maps from the artist at McJerry’s Route 66 Gallery

Get your maps from the artist at McJerry’s Route 66 Gallery

This Route 66 historian and artist has his gallery just barely a block off of the Mother Road. You can call ahead, or just take your chance and drop in. He would be happy to sign your copy of the Map Series or EZ 66 Guide (plus give you the latest updates). He also sells his original artwork.

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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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Luigi’s – Mechanical Barbie and the Band of Many Kens

Luigi’s – Mechanical Barbie and the Band of Many Kens

Luigi’s is an Akron institution which features a giant pizza made by PR “Grizzled Wizard” Miller on the outside. Luigi’s is also known for a 1949 Mechanical Bandbox above the front door that comes to life when the jukebox is played.

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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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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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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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“Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.” – Hatch Show Print

“Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.” – Hatch Show Print

If you follow country music, country music history, or the history, art and culture of the American South, sooner or later you’re bound to run into the letters, images and unmistakable “look” of Hatch Show Print. They’re one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.

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Counterfeiting scheme foiled at Route 66’s Rock of Ages station

Counterfeiting scheme foiled at Route 66’s Rock of Ages station

Rock of Ages Conoco Station US-66 Arcadia, OK Service station relic Stories have it that the back window was an entrance to a secret room where they counterfeited money. (Oh, and be careful pulling on and off the highway.) It goes like this: Back in…

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