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St. Germain, Wisconsin - Pierre of d' Nort Statue
Pierre of d' Nort is a wacky 12-foot-tall cartoon-style sculpture of a northwoods fisherman, sitting on a rock on an aluminum pier. The grinning giant has just caught a boot (a donated flight deck boot from a sailor who served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier).
This fiberglass creation was custom-made over five years -- mostly on site, during slow winter months -- by Hollywood character artist Carl Surges, who is the owner of Pier of d'Nort Corp., which manufactures aluminum piers. Carl has crafted giant and miniature cartoon and character sculptures for Disney, Universal Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, Warner Brothers, and many others. Surgessculpting.com showcases his works.[Rich, 03/26/2015]
Carl Surges crafted the big King Kong that menaced visitors on the Universal Studios tour.
- Erie, Kansas - Erie Dinosaur Park
The dinosaurs have been moved to the corner of 4th and Walnut in Erie, Kansas.[Kathy Brennon, 03/26/2015]
The skeletal dinos were made of old metal farm machinery parts by the late Robert Dorris, who displayed them in his yard south of town for years.
Meridian, Mississippi - Gypsy Queen Grave
Many colorful personal offerings on the grave of the Gypsy Queen.[Rex W. Rosenberg, 03/26/2015]
Rose Hill Cemetery
- 40th Ave., Meridian, MS
- Rose Hill Cemetery. On 40th Ave. between 7th and 8th Sts. From I-20/59, take 22nd Ave. exit to downtown Meridian. Turn left on 8th St. to 40th Ave. Left on 40th Ave. When you reach the cemetery gates, drive straight in. When the road curves to the left, the graves will be on the right.
- Georgetown, Delaware - World's Largest Frying Pan
The World's Largest Frying Pan has a new home. For years the Goliath-size showpiece of the Delmarva Chicken Festival was displayed inside the Delaware History Museum in Wilmington. But when that museum closed in 2014 for long-term renovations, it was decided that "long-term" would be too long to keep Delaware's symbolic skillet from the public.
So on March 25, 2015, the pan was moved, permanently, to the Nutter D. Marvel Carriage Museum in Georgetown, the town where the chicken festival was hatched in 1948 (No word yet when the Carriage Museum will unveil the pan, but it's expected to be sometime in 2015).
The World's Largest Frying Pan cooked an estimated 100 tons of chicken before it was retired in 1987.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 03/26/2015]
Nutter D. Marvel Carriage Museum
- Nutter D. Marvel Carriage Museum.
- In Transition
Buda, Texas - World's Largest Pinball Game
Off Interstate 35 just south of Austin you will find an arcade that has the world's largest pinball game, which uses a cue ball. You have to stretch your arms across the game to play! And who better to dedicate this monolith to... Hercules![Brooke Lancaster, 03/26/2015]
Almost 8 ft. long and over 6 ft. tall, mass-produced and touted as "the largest, most dramatic flipper game ever." Atari may have manufactured several hundred Hercules pinball machines, mostly between 1976 and 1983. This arcade owner has another in an Austin location.
- 15201 S IH 35, Buda, TX
- Pinballz Kingdom, S IH 35 Frontage Rd.
- Su-F 11-Midnight, Sa 11am-1am. (Call to verify)