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Meet the inspiration for Tow Mater

Meet the inspiration for Tow Mater

Cars on the Route – Tow Mater 119 N Main St Galena, KS 620 783-1366 Website Souvenirs, Inspiration for “Cars” character This old Kan-O-Tex station is where “Cars” director John Lasseter and Pixar’s Joe Ranfit saw the old mining boom truck that inspired the “Tow…

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Windmill environment in Wyoming, with ties to Christo

Windmill environment in Wyoming, with ties to Christo

Buryville – Mel Gould Artist dates unknown 3558 I-80 Service Cheyenne, WY 307-632-6160 Windmill environment Private property – visible from the street We were driving along, early-ish one summer morning, chatting away, when I spotted the windmill. Immediately, I sought the next exit and told…

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Big balls of barbed wire at the Devil’s Rope Museum

Big balls of barbed wire at the Devil’s Rope Museum

Devil’s Rope Museum 100 S Kingsley St McLean, TX 806 779-2225 Website Devil’s Rope (aka barbed wire) is the thing around here. Not only can you see it’s history, you can also see pickled snake remains from the Regal Reptile Ranch. Roadside reptile exhibitor, E….

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Lacey’s Castle, a father’s tribute

Lacey’s Castle, a father’s tribute

Lacey’s Castle – Shelby Ravellette 1954- 11113 Cricket Cut Off Rd Omaha, AR 870-426-4330 Website Environment with rocks In the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, stone mason Shelby Ravellette spends much of his time laying rocks. Some are small, some need a front-loader to move.  Many have…

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Bug Farm — an homage to Cadillac Ranch

Bug Farm — an homage to Cadillac Ranch

Bug Farm Old Route 66 Conway, TX 806 537-3825 Five Volkswagen Bugs buried nose down next to the former Longhorn Trading Post (or Rattlesnake Ranch). Created by Tom Crutchfield as a parody of Cadillac Ranch, 25 miles east. Bring your spray paint! Find this site…

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Peacocks and rocks – Petersen Rock Gardens

Peacocks and rocks – Petersen Rock Gardens

Petersen Rock Gardens – Rasmus Petersen 1883 — 1952 7930 SW 77th Street Redmond, OR 541-382-5574 Environment with rocks Built: 1935 – 1952 Open to the public Castles and bridges, malachite and thundereggs, ponds and peacocks. This is one of the most underrated folk art…

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Truckin’ for Jesus – Robert Wells’ weighty welded wonders

Truckin’ for Jesus – Robert Wells’ weighty welded wonders

Robert Wells Artist dates unknown 8511 Highway 71 S Grannis, AR 870-385-7279 Welded environment The word of God is spelled out alongside the road in some pretty amazing sculptures, all using giant links of chain. Big, heavy stuff that carries the Lord’s message “literally and…

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Rainbow Arch Bridge still spans time … and water.

Rainbow Arch Bridge still spans time … and water.

Old Route 66 Baxter Springs, KS Historical site/marker Designed by James Barney Marsh and built in 1926, it is the only remaining Marsh Arch “Rainbow Bridge” on Route 66, and you can still drive over it! In 2000, country singer Brad Paisley performed “Route 66” on…

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“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

Wisconsin Concrete Park – Fred Smith 1886-1976 N8236 State Highway 13 Phillips, WI 715-339-6475 Website Concrete environment Built: 1948 – 1964 “It has to be in the man.  You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Grassroots Art Center exhibit, Lucas…

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Niki de Saint Phalle 1930–2002 Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park N Mary Escondido, CA 760-839-4331 Website Mosaic environment She was well known in the field of contemporary art. Influenced by figures such as Jean Dubuffet and Antoni Gaudi, she made her reputation in…

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