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- Ester, Alaska - Skinny Dick's Half-Way Inn
Skinny Dick is alive, but in poor health. My husband and I took a road trip to Alaska the last two weeks in May 2005 and made Skinny Dick's one of our destinations after seeing it on roadsideamerica.com.
We were lucky enough to arrive on the weekend of their summer kickoff party. Enjoyed cooking our own hamburgers and the homemade fixins.
Had fun imagining how so much tackiness and crude stuff could be assembled in one place, and had to wonder about the mind that conceived it! All the people there were nice and most acted almost normal. If they weren't laughing, they had a hell-of-a smile on their faces. The owners weren't aware that they were on your site and were very pleased.[Gaye & Craig Ellis, 06/08/2005]
- At milepost 328 on the Parks Highway, roughly halfway between Fairbanks and Nenana.
- Dick sold it in 2003, died in 2008; not the same place.
This is one of the rare sitting versions of the Pioneer Giants whose standing cousins are mostly found in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Back in the '60s he lived at the Eastwood Mall in Birmingham, AL. He was seated on the covered wagon at a Wagon Ho restaurant, a short-lived fast food chain in the mid-1960s. He held a whip in one hand and reins in the other. After Wagon Ho shut down the business became Kelly's Hamburgers and he continued at his post until Kelly's closed down. Sometime after that he was moved to the country outside Moody, where he currently sits at the abandoned Cherry Construction company lot. He is missing his left hand.
There was also a Wagon Ho in Bradenton/ Sarasota area in FL with another sitting version of Pioneer Giant, I believe.[Joel Baker, 10/18/2011]
- 3303 Acmar Rd, Moody, AL
- Acmar Rd., just north of the junction with Co Hwy 10, on the west side.
- Private property, near the road.
Our family thinks we are nuts. "You're going to drive 50 miles to eat a hamburger in an orange because you saw it on Roadside America?" "Why yes of course, cause that's the way we roll" we tell them. Well, both the hamburgers and the prices were great! Next time we visit in Arkansas we plan to go back on a Friday night so we can try their catfish and prawn special.[Gary Epperson, 08/29/2011]
- 103 N Highway 365, Redfield, AR
- Between Pine Bluff and Little Rock, intersection of Hwy 46 and 365. Take the Redfield exit off I-530/US Hwy 65 and follow Arkansas Hwy 46 through town to 4-way stop sign. Turn left and the Orange is on right.
- Amado, Arizona - Restaurant Shaped Like a Cow Skull
The restaurant is no longer a spaghetti restaurant -- it's actually a great restaurant that has (still spaghetti and pizza, but more so hamburgers, steak, shrimp, Mexican food, specials everyday, great cocktails). There's no real good restaurant around between Tuscon and border at all; this is it if you want to stop and eat well!
The Longhorn was one of the locations in the film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" by Martin Scorsese (1974) and if you stand in front of the restaurant, the street you look into was a location for "The Postmen" by Kevin Costner (1997)![Miss T, 05/31/2010]
- Seligman, Arizona - Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In
This would be a typical mom and pop hamburger stand if it weren'r for one Juan Delgadillo who is a real practical joker. The door to the store has several doorknobs on either side of it. You are greeted with a sign in the window that says, "Sorry, We're Open." The menu includes "Hamburgers without Ham," "Cheeseburgers with Cheese," and the ever popular "Dead Chicken." Snow Cap is across from the Route 66 Roadkill Cafe and a Chinese fast food place which also sells hamburgers (the sign says, "If you really want hamburgers, go to Snow Cap!"[Bill Long, 07/06/2002]