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Yuma, Arizona - Large Fork
A large Fork is standing in front of "Da Boyz Italian Cuisine." The plaque at the base says that the Fork was donated by The Dawson Family.[David Kamada, 03/07/2014]
The Dawsons own the Italian restaurant. The eight-foot-tall fork was made by local artist Perry Pensky, and bolted into place in June 2013.
- 284 S. Main St., Yuma, AZ
- Downtown, on the west side of S. Main St. just north of the roundabout at E. 3rd St.
- Pensacola, Florida - Graffiti Bridge
Built in 1888, PGB (Pensacola Graffiti Bridge) is a landmark for Pensacola. The name speaks for itself. It's always covered in graffiti.[Alyssa McKay, 03/07/2014]
Like Cadillac Ranch, this attraction is an ever-changing splooge of color. An adjacent parking lot makes the bridge an easy target for those who spray.
- N. 17th Ave., Pensacola, FL
- South edge of the city, just north of US Hwy 98 and the entrance to causeway across Pensacola Bay.
- Putney, Vermont - Santa's Land
Santa's Land was reopened last year. The current owner and animal caretaker were cited this week with a number of counts of animal cruelty after police found a large number of dead animals on the property. At the moment the owner of Santa's Land says it will remain open, but the future looks uncertain.[Laura, 03/07/2014]
The children's theme park property has had a new owner since 2013, reopening on select weekends and with plans to restore more, including reviving the long-shuttered Igloo restaurant.
Parachute, Colorado - Rulison Nuclear Blast Site
While the actual detonation site is gated, it is still easily visible from the road and may be photographed. I visited in July 2012. The plaque reads: PROJECT RULISON NUCLEAR EXPLOSION EMPLACEMENT WELL... Site of the second nuclear gas stimulation experiment in the United States. One 43 kiloton nuclear explosive was detonated in this well, 8,426 feet below the surface on September 10, 1969. No evacuation, drilling, and/or removal of subsurface materials below a depth of 6,000 feet is permitted....[Outspoken1, 03/07/2014]
- Unnamed Rd, Parachute, CO
- I-70 exit 75. Drive south on CR 215/CR 300 for a half-mile, then bear left onto CR 301/N. Battlement Pkwy. Follow for a little over three miles (be careful to follow N. Battlement Pkwy, not E. Battlement Pkwy), then turn right onto CR 310. Follow until it dead-ends (around a mile), then make a sharp right onto an unnamed road and follow for around three miles. Stay straight when the road turns sharply left. Drive another thousand feet and look for the bright yellow Nuclear Blast Site sign behind the wooden fence.
- July 2011: Reported gated. March 2014: Reported still visible.
- Benson, Arizona - Original Old Tucson Movie Set
The original Old Tucson movie set is still standing, with the old fort from the 1940s movie Fort Apache plus an entire Wild West town including the saloon used in over 75 old cowboy movies. It is still used occasionally, and if it is they will close the access road for a day or two. There is no electric power or facilities on site, and no water -- so bring something to drink. It's real fun because there is a watchman and his wife who live in a motor home on the site. He has been in numerous movies filmed there. He has worked with John Wayne and others and can answer any question you might have.[Steven Dobbel, 03/07/2014]
- 1538 N. Mescal Rd, Benson, AZ
- I-10 exit 297. Turn north onto Mescal Rd. Drive three miles. Turn left where pavement ends. Drive about a half-mile on the dirt road and you can see the whole set.
- Varies; call ahead (Call to verify)
- Adults $10