Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
May 23, 2009
• Bonnie & Clyde Ambush 75th Anniversary: Today is the platinum anniversary of the ambush of bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, south of Gibsland, Louisiana. They were young and in love and they killed people, and you may want to take a moment on this special day to visit their separate graves (Bonnie and Clyde), or their museum, or their death car, or the spot where they were shot to death. Clyde’s final note to his Mom, however, is a relic that may no longer be available for public viewing….
• Annoying Neighbor Butt Sculptor Out of Prison: Fans of outsider art may want to keep an eye on Altamonte Springs, Florida, where Alan Davis, the “Junk Man,” has just been released from four years in prison for filling his yard with toilets and other artifacts of self-expression (he is not the first toilet artist to endure persecution.) What really ticked off Davis’s neighbors was his giant sculpture of human buttocks, and he has vowed to fill his yard with 42 similar sculptures as payback. Davis told local TV station WFTV, “I’m gonna make a six-foot high ass sculpture and they can all kiss my ass.”
• First KFC: Missing Secret Spice?: A columnist for Kentucky’s Corbin Times-Tribune has taken to task that town’s premier claim to fame, the world’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken, calling it “mediocre” and “an extreme disappointment.” To our surprise, she genuinely wants the KFC to be more of an attraction (sounds good to us). “I know there’s been talk of a railroad museum [but] lots of towns have railroads. Tourists aren’t going to travel the globe to learn about our railroad in the same way they would travel for KFC.”
• Visit America’s Grave: In Charlottesville, Virginia, Weldon Showalter has built a large, fake grave for America in his very visible front yard, topped by an oversized tombstone that declares, “Where Marxism thrives, freedom dies.” He told the Charlottesville Daily Progress that, “We’re going farther into socialism than Europe.” His tombstone replaces an earlier one that criticized the building of a nearby parkway, and may itself be replaced by one that mocks global warming, which Showalter considers a “farce.”