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He filled the yard of his geodesic dome home with thousands of hand-painted birdhouses.
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Painter Mike Carmichael has his singular attraction hanging on a chain as he continues to add multi-colored layers. It started as a baseball.
Crown Point, Indiana
Many one-of-a-kind, and occasionally bloody, items from Indiana's most famous outlaw. New location opened 2015.
Museum chronicles a century of trailers, RVs and mobile homes, in a town where they are manufactured.
James Danforth Quayle served as George H. W. Bush's VP from 1989-93. The museum's slogan is "Second to One."
Highlights include a real autopsy room and a room filled with brains in jars. Abby Normal!
A 2.5-ton steer named Old Ben, dead over a century, but preserved behind glass.
Contemplation and surprises at the Carmelite Shrines, part of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery.
The man who had to have his own thrill ride -- even though he sez he build it for the kids.
Backyard building based on Super Friend's Hall of Justice is where Allen Stewart preserves every superhero comic book ever published.
35 feet tall, formerly welcomed all good boys and good girls to a truck stop (demolished). Abandoned, then saved, fully restored, and set up in a new location in September 2016.
Fair Oaks, Indiana
Agritourism the way it should be. Watch calves born in the Birthing Barn, see 72 cows milked by a revolving giant turntable!
Formerly the world's largest sycamore tree. Still an impressive attraction.
America's hard luck spaceman finally got some recognition, but only after he was dead.
Palooka was a Sunday comic strip character -- an honest boxer. This statue was commissioned in 1947, when the champ's popularity was at its highest.
A bluntly worded stone marker actually preserves a happy moment in Indiana history, when killing Indians became a capital crime.
Where a leg tells nudists the time of day.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Restored and revived portion of Santa Claus Town, a never-completed 1930s mega-Christmas-themed attraction. Now a full-time candy shop.
Santa Claus, Indiana
22 feet tall and slightly frightening. Dedicated on Christmas Day, 1935, it's the sole survivor of an attraction named Santa Claus Park.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Bits of the holiday-themed town's history are exhibited, including the typewriter on which Santa wrote all of his notes to good little boys and girls.
St. John, Indiana
A 34-ft. tall Virgin Mary and life-size statues of the final hours for Jesus are part of Roman Catholic shrine.
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- Alexandria: World's Largest Ball of Paint
- Bloomington: Big Brain with Smart Lighting [tips]
- Brookston: Indian Muffler Man [tips]
- Bruceville: Home of the Big Peach [tips]
- Bruceville: Backyard Roller Coasters of John Ivers
- Clarksville: Concrete Statue Factory [tips]
- Columbus: Limestone Pillars - Veterans Memorial [tips]
- Corydon: Constitution Elm - Historic Stump [tips]
- Corydon: Indiana Caverns [tips]
- Crawfordsville: Rotary Jail That Still Rotates [tips]
- Crown Point: John Dillinger Museum
- Dupont: Micrometer Grave Marker [tips]
- Elkhart: RV Museum and Hall of Fame
- Elkhart: Hall of Heroes Museum
- Evansville: Giant Santa
- Evansville: World War II Navy LST [tips]
- Fair Oaks: Dairy Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms
- Fortville: Martini-Drinking Pink Elephant [tips]
- Franklin: World's Largest Rocking Chair - Big John [tips]
- Fremont: Stand on Three States: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio [tips]
- French Lick: Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Diorama [tips]
- Greencastle: WWII V-1 German Buzz Bomb [tips]
- Hammond: Pole Licker Statue: A Christmas Story [tips]
- Huntington: Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Museum
- Indianapolis: Indiana Medical History Museum: Brains in Jars
- Indianapolis: Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo [tips]
- Indianapolis: Elvis's Last Concert Parking Lot Plaque [tips]
- Indianapolis: Coach of the Leg Lamps
- Jasper: Geode Grotto of Father Sztuczko [tips]
- Jeffersonville: Woman Made of Hubcaps: Your Mother [tips]
- Kokomo: World's Largest Sycamore Stump
- Kokomo: Old Ben, World's Largest Steer
- Kokomo: KokoMantis, 17-Foot-Tall Bug [tips]
- LaPorte: Belle "Black Widow" Gunness Exhibit [tips]
- Lincoln City: Bronzed Foundation of Lincoln's Cabin [tips]
- Logansport: Insane Asylum Museum [tips]
- Loogootee: Birdhouse Paradise of Bill Larkin
- Marengo: Marengo Cave
- Milltown: Shoe Tree [tips]
- Mitchell: Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum
- Mitchell: Painting of the Gus Grissom Rocket Monument
- Mitchell: Gus Grissom Rocket Monument
- Montpelier: Muffler Man Indian: Parks & Recreation [tips]
- Montpelier: Ice Cream Giant: Parks & Recreation [tips]
- Muncie: Muffler Man [tips]
- Muncie: 25-Foot-Tall Paul Bunyan [tips]
- Munster: Ultraviolet Apocalypse
- New Castle: Icehouse Man [tips]
- Oolitic: Joe Palooka Statue
- Ossian: Gigantic Minion Silo [tips]
- Otisco: 15 Acres of Concrete Statuary [tips]
- Pendleton: Three White Men Hanged For Killing Indians
- Peru: Big Charley the Elephant
- Richmond: Double Decker Bus Inside Restaurant [tips]
- Richmond: Save the Cat! Fire Mural [tips]
- Roselawn: Giant Lady's Leg Sundial
- Santa Claus: Santa's Candy Castle
- Santa Claus: World's Oldest Santa Statue
- Santa Claus: Santa Claus Museum
- Smithville: Baker's Junction Railroad Museum [tips]
- St. John: Shrine of Christ's Passion and Millennium Mary
- Toto: Muffler Man - Indian [tips]
- Valparaiso: Orville Redenbacher, King of Popcorn
- Vincennes: Uncle Sam Statue and Pink Elephant [tips]
- Vincennes: Indiana Military Museum [tips]
- West Lafayette: Russian Bomber Watchtower and Monument [tips]