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Eureka, California - Shipwreck - Attraction Ruins
The remnants of Shipwreck, which was located in Fields Landing south of Eureka. It is now blocked from pubic access and is quite a walk to get to. I had the opportunity to visit last week to see what was left of my childhood memories of my Grandpa taking me to feed the seals.[Ellie B, 12/07/2013]
- Fields Landing CA - some conflicting directions: south of Bayshore Mall, and directly west of Ft. Humboldt. West of the Humboldt Hill exit and Highway 101, approx 100 ft, on the left, behind a locked gate. Part of site now occupied by Lithia Dodge.
- Private property - no trespassing.
Richmond, Virginia - Giant Lurking Indian
I was in Richmond recently and finally saw "Connecticut," the former Richmond Braves Indian statue, at his new digs overlooking the James River. After I got back, I was doing some online research on BEST Products and came across a reference to a statue of an Indian that had once been on top of a BEST store in Bethesda, Maryland. I thought, "Nah. Couldn't be the same statue." But guess what? It IS the same.
According to the Virginia Historical Society, "Connecticut" was originally going to be on the roof of a liquor store on Connecticut Ave. in Washington, DC. When those plans fell through (due to bickering in the family that owned the liquor store's building), the statue's sculptor, Paul DiPasquale, approached BEST about the statue, and it wound up on the roof of BEST's Bethesda store in 1983.
After eight months the permit that allowed him to be installed wasn't renewed, and he was put in storage while BEST tried to find a new home for him. By 1985 he was at the baseball stadium in Richmond, where he stayed until 2010 when the Braves left town and were replaced by the Flying Squirrels.[Dean Jeffrey, 12/07/2013]
Paul DiPasquale also sculpted the Giant Statue of Neptune in Virginia Beach.
- E. Cary St., Richmond, VA
- On the north side of the James River, southeast side of the city. I-95 exits 74B or 74C, then drive east to 25th St. Turn right and drive south, then turn left onto E. Cary St. The Lucky Strike building with the Indian on top will be on the left, at the corner of E. Cary and Pear Sts.
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- Worth a Detour
- Puyallup, Washington - Dinosaur McDonald's
I live right by this McDonald's. It was remodeled and doesn't have this theme any more. Only the tall metal dino skeleton out by the drive-thru remains.[erin, 12/07/2013]
- Heading South out of Puyallup on Meridian, at 176th South/Sunrise Blvd. E.
- Dec. 2013: Reported De-Themed
Bloomington, Illinois - Adlai Stevenson II Resting
In the Central Illinois Regional Airport terminal there is a statue of Adlai Stevenson II resting on a bench, with his famous worn out shoes. Mr. Stevenson was IL Governor from 1949-1953. He was the Democratic Presidential Nominee losing to Dwight D. Eisenhower two times 1952 and 1956. He also served as the US representative to the United Nations from 1961-1965.
His final resting place is in Bloomington in Evergreen Cemetery.[Doug Dirr, 12/05/2013]
Central Illinois Regional Airport
- 3201 Cira Dr, Bloomington, IL
- Central Illinois Regional Airport, east of town on East Empire St./Hwy 9.
Bloomington, Illinois - Miller Park Artillery
On the north side of Miller Park in Bloomington, IL is a line of military cannons and a tank. It includes a 3-inch anti-armor cannon, a 210mm (8.26 inches) Krupp Howitzer manufactured in Germany - Deutschland from WW I, a WW I M1917 6-ton Light Tank, and four civil war cannons that appear to be taking over the park.k[Doug Dirr, 12/05/2013]
- 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL
- Near the SW corner of W Wood St. and Summit St.