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The Trolley Park welcomed us with the opportunity to drive the big diesel with a very detailed instructions and lots of opportunity to blow the train whistle. The museum is actually dedicated to teaching about the replica steam engine they have been building for over 20 years by hand. They believe they are within 2-3 years before completion.
The train you get to drive is rickety, but exciting![Kara S. McCoy, 07/03/2015]
The "Trolley" name is puzzling, as the park has no trolleys. The engine you can drive is a 1952 switchyard locomotive. The engine they're building is an 1859 steam locomotive.
- 3429 Main Ave., Clear Lake, IA
- I-35 and Hwy B35 Exit 193. One block west to 24th St., then 4 blocks north to Main Ave. then 6 blocks east.
- Mem. Day to Labor Day Sa-Su 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
- Museum - free. Handcar/locomotive $25 family minimum donation, cash.
- Raleigh, North Carolina - Women of the Confederacy: a Mom-ument
Unveiled in 1914, a woman sits in a chair with a book while at her side kneels a boy about to unsheathe a sword. Yankees beware! Roadsideamerica.com Report... [07/03/2015]
Hidden away off the highway, the Fort Custer Maze seemed, at first, to be a museum. When we wandered in and found a delightful gentlemen sitting behind the desk of a large maze, we knew we had to try it. The gentleman told us it would take approximately 90 minutes to complete but if we were fast, it could be done in 30 to 45 minutes.
The first station was so ridiculously easy, we almost got our money back and left. But 90 minutes later we were laughing, running, scratching signs for ourselves in the dirt (as many many other desperate maz-ers had done) and loudly celebrating our success at finally finding the Tower.
This attraction is not recommended for those with young children. The reclaimed wood they used to create the maze is very, very rickety. It is often not nailed down all the way, so try not to brush against it. The place is rife with weeds of all types, thistle is plenteous -- so run through with care. All of these things just make the maze more fun and endearing.[Kara S. McCoy, 07/03/2015]
- 2501 Main Ave., Clear Lake, IA
- I-35 exit 193. Drive west on 4th Ave. S. for one block. Turn right onto S. 24th St. Drive one block. Turn right onto Main Ave. You'll quickly see the Old West fort-like maze on the right.
- M-F 9:30-7, Sa-Su 10-6 (Call to verify)
- Adults $6.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
We were so excited to see the giant pitchfork again, and we made our way to the building where it is located. We spent about five minutes taking our usual "normal" and "accidental stabbing" photos while laughing and having a great time. However, within a minute or two, security started circling and we were removed from the property. It is on private property and according to the security officer, "the new owner does not wish or allow non-employees to take photos on his property." I tried to explain that we had been enjoying this artifact for years and were just happy it was back in public. She said, "It's not public. It's private now."
So, just a note. If you want to see it, you have to go fast, after business hours, and be ready to explain yourself. They were relatively kind as they removed us from the property, but it was still majorly uncomfortable.[Kara S. McCoy, 07/03/2015]
- 7301 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston, IA
- In front of a Pioneer Hi-Bred building. From I-80/35 along the north side of Des Moines, take exit 131 and turn north on Merle Hay Rd. Continue north to NW 62nd Ave. and make a left and head west. The building will be on your right after a few miles, just before you get to the third roundabout.
- June 2015: Reported as patrolled private property.
The Mary Nohl Art Environment (also called the Fox Point Art Yard, Fox Point Witch's House and Mary Nohl's house) is a residence in the Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point, Wisconsin. The property, which is filled with folk art created by artist Mary Nohl (1914-2001), has numerous sculptures on view outside the house. The home, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, has been the site of much local controversy between the affluent residents of the neighborhood, who resent the attention, and Wisconsin's art community, who want the property to be preserved.[Stacey Williams-Ng, 07/03/2015]