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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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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Not exactly road food in the meal sense – hey – sirup is still food! Starting in 1824, the Funk family-owned business has been producing maple “sirup” for over 180 years.

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Fellow road tripper to document disappearing drive-in theaters

Fellow road tripper to document disappearing drive-in theaters

This summer Lindsey Rickert going to embark on a road trip around the country to photograph as many drive-in theaters as she possibly can. Whether abandoned or operational, it is her goal to capture as many of these American icons before they disappear. She is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund my trip and would love your support.

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Free water and a jackalope at Wall Drug

Free water and a jackalope at Wall Drug

I love this place! It is a crazy tourist trap near the Badlands, with a big jackalope and great cowboy boots. The small town drugstore made its first step towards fame when it was purchased by Ted Hustead in 1931.

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Albert the Bull “steaks” his claim to World’s Largest

Albert the Bull “steaks” his claim to World’s Largest

Okay, it’s concrete, but Albert is gigantic … complete with huge eyelashes … and hey, it lights up! In Audubon, Iowa, Albert the Bull “steaks” his claim to “world’s largest.”

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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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Driving on the sidewalk … Route 66’s Sidewalk Highway, that is.

Driving on the sidewalk … Route 66’s Sidewalk Highway, that is.

In between Miami and Afton is a zig-zaggy stretch of 9 foot wide original Route 66 roadbed, hence the “Sidewalk” moniker. In certain places of this narrow byway, you can see the original white lines on the edges of the Portland concrete road.

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Have a three-way at Hard Times (chili)

Have a three-way at Hard Times (chili)

(sorry) There is something about chili. Cincinnati has their chili, seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, allspice or chocolate. Texas eschews the bean, sticking with the meat, only. The Texan subset, Terlingua is redder in color and has a spicy kick. And even the vegetarians have their…

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Saucy’s Ribs in VA are better than Jack Stack in KC!

Saucy’s Ribs in VA are better than Jack Stack in KC!

There, I said it. I had shipped the renowned Jack Stack’s BBQ from Kansas City for Christmas dinner, and realized that I probably needed a couple more slabs for feed everyone. Luckily, Saucy’s Walk-Up (a favorite of the “Lincoln” film crew) was walking distance from…

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It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Open 365 days a year, this historic theater is home to a Richmond Tradition – screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Built in 1928, the 1,300-seat Byrd Theatre is one of the nation’s finest cinema treasures and is both…

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