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Sumpter, Wisconsin - Forevertron Vanishes! (For Now)
We received an ominous tip today about Dr Evermor's Forevertron from Tiffany: "His land is up for sale and all of his sculptures have been removed from the property. No longer an attraction." Ack!
We checked with Lady Eleanor Every, who filled us in on the status of this 5-Smiley Tower top attraction. The bad news is that all of the sculptures were moved off the property after October 1, 2014. The good news is that the sculptures are in storage, waiting to be returned to display in the park. There is no plan to break up the collection or sell off the pieces.
We don't have all the details, but apparently some property is being sold that may legally landlock the lot where the Forevertron has been parked for the last 31 years (accessed through an easement next to Delaney's Surplus). The Every family needed to move all of their multi-ton scrap metal assemblages off the property (this turned out to only take a few days, due to Dr. Evermor's prescient and brilliant modular design of everything).
Their hope is to reconstruct the sculptures once the property issues have been resolved, or find a nearby haven for the World of Dr. Evermor.
Artist Tom "Evermor" Every is still on this magnetic plain, though he's now residing at the Maplewood Nursing Home. Lady Eleanor assures us he's as sharp as ever, and still a bit mischievous.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/25/2014]
- US 12, North Freedom, WI
- On U.S. 12, about five miles south of Baraboo, behind Delaney's Surplus, across the highway from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.
- Oct. 2014: Closed, temporarily displaced. (Call to verify)
Tucson, Arizona - Tucson Toro - Magic Carpet Bull
It's been a few years since nearly all of the statues from Magic Carpet Golf were rescued and placed in new homes around Tucson. I would've thought that photos of all of them would have been sent to you by now, but there seem to be a few missing. Here's the former Magic Carpet bull, now outside O'Shaughnessy's Steakhouse. I remember seeing this guy in his original location, so it was very cool to see him again.[Dean Jeffrey, 11/24/2014]
The strings of lights wrapped around Toro's longhorns are a nice touch.
- 2200 N. Camino Principal, Tucson, AZ
- Outside of O'Shaughnessy's Steakhouse, on the northeast edge of the city. I-10 exit 256, then drive east on Grant Rd for eight miles. Turn left onto E. Tanque Verde Rd, cross the bridge, then make an immediate right onto N. Camino Principal. O'Shaughnessy's will be one block in, on the left.
Shelburne, Vermont - Big Jack Made From Fireplugs
It looks like the sculpture has grown several more fire hydrants since its last photo. It sits in front of the home of a local art teacher.[Rosio, 11/24/2014]
It appears to be an entirely new sculpture. Nice improvement!
- 5347 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT
- Downtown. On the east side of US Hwy 7/Shelburne Rd, across from the firehouse.
Frankfort, Kentucky - Abandoned Whiskey Distillery Castle
Driving down an unassuming country road next to Glenn's Creek, one rounds a turn to find what at first glance appears to be a crumbling medieval castle, but is actually the remains of the Old Taylor Distillery.
Colonel Edmund H. Taylor -- considered the second "father" of Bourbon Whiskey -- built this distillery in 1887, and it is considered one of the most remarkable sights in the bourbon industry. The main building is made entirely of limestone blocks, and is in the form of a medieval castle, complete with turrets and ramparts. A sketch of the castle appeared on the label of the product that was made here.
Inside the castle were gardens and ornate rooms where Colonel Taylor used to entertain government officials and politicians. You can still see part of the elaborate grounds outside to the left of the main building.[RS, 11/24/2014]
The castle has been abandoned since 1972, but still stands.
- 4335 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, KY
- South of the city. From downtown drive east on E. Main St./US Hwy 60. Turn right at the stoplight (Kentucky State University on left) onto Hwy 1659. Follow it south a little over five miles. You'll see the castle on the right.
- Oak Grove, Alabama - Housewife-Whacking Meteor Fell Here
A historical marker flags the the only known spot where a person was hit by a meteorite. Housewife Ann Hodges survived the too-close encounter. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [11/23/2014]