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Haines, Alaska - Hammer Museum
The Hammer Museum, located on Main Street, has over 1,400 hammers on display. This unique museum is easy to find as there is a very large hammer in front. On display in four rooms are various collections of hammers from ancient times through the industrial age.[Margie Hovde and daughter Brinn, 07/29/2007]
April 2008: Owner Dave Pahl now has more than 1,700 hammers. The ex-homesteader has hired an intern and wants to expand his building and (someday) attract a corporate sponser.
Anniston, Alabama - Hitler's Tea Service and Spy Weapons
Adolf Hitler's tea service plots porcelain domination in the Berman Museum of World History's coffee and tea service collection. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Berman Museum of World History
- 840 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL
- Berman Museum of World History. I-20 exit 185. Turn north onto Hwy 21. Drive 6.5 miles. When US Hwy 431 splits from Hwy 21, turn right into Lagarde Park, then immediately turn left. Museum will be up ahead on left.
- T-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour
- Anniston, Alabama - Adolf Hitler's Tea Service
The Berman museum is located on the main drag in Anniston, just before you get to the first Ft. McClellan gate. The items in the museum were donated by COL Berman (ret), an ex OSS officer in WWII. Some of us suspect he obtained the items in his collection by trading food to starving Germans at the end of the war. A number of the items in his collection really belong in the Smithsonian; Hitler's travelling silver set, gold/jewel encrusted swords, a greek helmet, etc.
This museum is really worth a visit (on my last visit there 2-3 years ago, the museum was only about 75% finished). I've heard he has since died and the rest of his stuff moved in. The building to house his collection cost over a million bucks, so you can imagine he had quite a private collection.[Mark T., 05/05/2001]
Also on display in the museum is Col. Farley Berman's collection of spy weapons, which includes a flute that fires bullets and a pen that can fire a .22 or a capsule of poison gas. The gift shop sells a DVD of the late Colonel firing his spy weapons.
- Forkland, Alabama - Sculptures Made of Haystacks
On a rural stretch of Alabama highway 43, there is an open field with a collection of sculptures made of haystacks, such as a pink car atop four haystack wheels, an octopus, and several other less recognizable animals with big smiley faces. A tall wooden gate leading down a dirt road in the center of the field says "BIRD." It's a fascinating and mysterious site.
The hay sculptures are between Eutaw and Demopolis on Hwy. 43. One who has been to Demopolis lately says they're "kinda falling apart now," and he thinks the farm belongs to a Bird family.[Julie Bell, 09/12/1999]
- US Hwy 43/Demopolis Hwy., Forkland, AL
- The field of art stretches along about a half-mile on the west side of US 43/Demopolis Hwy, either 2.5 miles south of the intersection of Route 41/69 at Forkland, or nine miles north of the intersection of US 80 in Demopolis.
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- Worth a Detour
Fort Payne, Alabama - Zirpa Anad Nitsurd
A very interesting collection of metal. Breastplates are Ford and DeSoto hubcaps, very good assortment of automotive parts and household appliances. Sign says; My name is "Zirpa Anad Nitsurd". Created by Mike Goggens, 1999.[Tony Lowros, 11/23/2000]
- CR 89, Fort Payne, AL
- From Hwy. 35. Take County Road 89/DeSoto Pkwy NE until you reach the caution light at Fisher Crossroads. Go through the light and Zirpa Anad Nitsurd is across the street from the Shell station.