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Bedford, Pennsylvania - Coffee Pot-Shaped Building
Telegraph Rd, which the map tells you to turn onto...doesn't look like a road. It's one of the Fairgrounds entrances. The pot is right there! A sign explains how it was put up to promote Bert Koontz' gas station, to attract people to it. It was fun to see![Bette, 07/30/2014]
Jefferson, New Hampshire - Santa's Village
My wife and I are theme park enthusiasts and we travel the world to ride every roller coaster, and that's what brought us to Santa's Village. I just want to point out that this park seems to have continued to invest in infrastructure over the years and has actually moved into the modern era with more than statuary. They had a great assortment of rides, activities, and attractions, while still keeping the woodsy charm. They've clearly spent many thousands on the reindeer stables alone. And we saw a LIVE elf show, not just the cheesy animatronic one.
Many of these old Santa and Storyland parks are indeed stuck in the 70s, but here you'll find a modern theme park that's great for families that enjoy the whole Christmas thing. And yes, there's a roller coaster there, number 1161 for me.[Martin Lewison, 07/30/2014]
Middlegate, Nevada - Shoe Tree
Our MINI Cooper Rally drove by the Shoe Tree, on our way to Wendover. About four hundred MINIs stopped and took pictures, and added a few pairs to the trees. We all enjoyed it very much.[Joanie Berkwitz, 07/30/2014]
- Middlegate, NV
- On US 50, two miles east of Middlegate.
DeKalb, Illinois - The Grotesque
The Grotesque is a gargoyle statue located in the garden east of Altgeld Hall on Northern Illinois University Campus. After the first NIU graduation ceremony, it was struck by lightning. A year later, lightning struck the same place twice, and the gargoyle was moved to its current location due to fear for its safety.[Doug Dirr, 07/30/2014]
Nicknamed "Olive Goyle" at some point, the gargoyle was one of eleven on Altgeld Hall, which was built in the 1890s. It was knocked off its perch by lightning in 1966. Supposedly safer in the garden, someone chiseled off Olive's head in 1996; the head was restored in 2013.
Northern Illinois University
- College Ave., DeKalb, IL
- Northern Illinois University, in garden along walkway east of Altgeld Hall.
- Alexandria, Virginia - Parking Lot Mausoleum
The Holiday Inn, Alexandria SW will close its doors on July 30th 2014. It is not known at this time if it will be replaced by another hotel, but it is rumored to be on the demolition list.[Babs, 07/29/2014]
- 2460 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA
- Just north of I-95/495 exit at Telegraph Rd, Eisenhower Ave. and Stovall St.