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Quirky America

Roadside stops, strange statues, larger than life items, gimmicky signs, quirky architecture -- popping up along America's roads and highways, often bring drivers to a screeching halt, a quick turn around, or, at the very least, an expletive -- "what in hell was that?"

Every now and then, unsuspecting folks see something along a road trip that is just so odd that they just can't believe their eyes. Must have a second look -- must have a photograph -- must have a photograph with "me" in it. Really, is that Stonehenge in the middle of Texas? What the heck is hanging from that tree? So, why do I keep seeing huge statues of a blue ox? Why are there dinosaurs everywhere?

Beginning in the days of Henry Ford's Model-T's, travelers began to whiz by faster and faster, overlooking the many vendors and shops trying to peddle their wares. Solution -- build big signs, statues, and other advertising gimmicks luring people to stop. Artists were lured to build along the highways, so that passersby could see their creations. Some, however, just want to build things, not really caring if people stopped to look; hence, the Winchester House in California or a bottle house in Nevada

Most often though, these oddities are built to attract attention, whether it is draw people into a store or bring attention to themselves, their city, or a cause. In any event, these oddities make the drive across America bunches of fun.

1880 Town, SD - Dinasaur Sculpture

1880 Town, SD - Dinasaur Sculpture

Abilene, TX - Giant Flamingo

Abilene, TX - Giant Flamingo

Adrian, TX - Marsh Sign - Pig on a Stick

Adrian, TX - Marsh Sign - Pig on a Stick

Adrian, TX - Marsh Sign Cowboy Life

Adrian, TX - Marsh Sign Cowboy Life

Albuquerque, NM - Bunyan Man

Albuquerque, NM - Bunyan Man

Alliance, NE - Carhenge - 2

Alliance, NE - Carhenge - 2

Alliance, NE - Carhenge - 3

Alliance, NE - Carhenge - 3

Alliance, NE - Carhenge - 4

Alliance, NE - Carhenge - 4

Alliance, NE - Carhenge - Quirky Sculpture

Alliance, NE - Carhenge - Quirky Sculpture

Alma, AR - Popeye the Sailor Man

Alma, AR - Popeye the Sailor Man

Amarillo, TX - Actual Size

Amarillo, TX - Actual Size

Amarillo, TX - Big Texan Big Cow

Amarillo, TX - Big Texan Big Cow

Amarillo, TX - Cadallac Ranch - Bright Fresco

Amarillo, TX - Cadallac Ranch - Bright Fresco

Amarillo, TX - Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo, TX - Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo, TX - Cadillac Ranch - 2

Amarillo, TX - Cadillac Ranch - 2

Amarillo, TX - Cadillac Ranch - 2

Amarillo, TX - Cadillac Ranch - 2

Amarillo, TX - Cadillac Ranch - Posterized

Amarillo, TX - Cadillac Ranch - Posterized

Amarillo, TX - Horse Parade

Amarillo, TX - Horse Parade

Amarillo, TX - Horse Parade - 3

Amarillo, TX - Horse Parade - 3

Arcadia, OK - 66 Auto Trim Mini Museum - 2

Arcadia, OK - 66 Auto Trim Mini Museum - 2