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Pine Bluff, Arkansas - Tugboat in the Air
A full-size tugboat sitting atop two 30-foot-tall concrete pillars is used as the sign at the entrance for the Port of Pine Bluff. It is painted patriotically like the American flag and sits on the north side of US Routes 63 and 79. It is quite a sight and was totally unexpected as I headed east toward Memphis. I had to stop and take a few photos. I wonder what would happen if a tornado or a hurricane ever entered this area.[signmanjoe, 09/20/2014]
- Louis L. Ramsay Rd, Pine Bluff, AR
- On the north side of US Hwy 63/79 at its intersection with Louis L. Ramsay Rd. 3.5 miles east of the 63/79 merge, or 1.5 miles west of the bridge across the Arkansas River.
Laurel, Maryland - Dinosaur Park
The location of the preservation of dinosaur fossils. There are open houses on the first and third Saturdays of the month, where you can get tours and participate in activities.[Uncustomary Art, 09/20/2014]
- 13201 Mid Atlantic Blvd, Laurel, MD
- South edge of town. From US Hwy 1 turn east onto Contee Rd (Centre at Laurel shopping plaza). Drive a half-mile. Turn right onto Mid Atlantic Blvd (The Brick Yard industrial park). Drive a half-mile until the road ends at the Dinosaur Park.
- Fenced fossil site open 1st and 3rd Sa 12-4 (Call to verify)
- Dorchester, Massachusetts - The Gas Tank
The "Rainbow Swash" gas tank in Dorchester off the Southeast Expressway/Interstate 93 is the work of Corita Kent. It has been said that the blue stripe looks like Ho Chi Minh, who worked at the Omni Parker House in Boston, but the artist denies this.[Robert Kearns, 09/20/2014]
Before becoming the communist president of North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh worked briefly as a baker at Boston's Parker House Hotel.
- Victory Rd, Dorchester, MA
- I-93 northbound exit 13. Turn right on Victory Rd. The gas tank is on gated property; this is the closest approach.
Ingram, Texas - Stonehenge II
We finally visited Stonehenge II in Texas. We looked for it when it was in Hunt, but we couldn't find it. It is now in Ingram, across from the Visual Arts Center, which is worth a visit in itself.[Jackie Solomon, 09/20/2014]
Hill Country Arts Foundation
- 120 Point Theatre Rd S., Ingram, TX
- Relocated to the grounds of the Hill Country Arts Foundation. I-10 exit south into Kerrville. Turn right when you get to Hwy 27/Main St. Take Hwy 27 to Ingram (about 5 miles). At the second light in Ingram go straight through the intersection toward Hunt, which will put you on Hwy 39 (Hwy 27 will angle off to the right toward Mountain Home). After the light, watch for the Johnson Creek Bridge; immediately after the bridge you will see the sign for the Hill Country Arts Foundation on the left.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Hamtramck, Michigan - Statue of Pope John Paul II
The first Polish Pope has a statue downtown commemorating his visit to this predominantly Polish city on September 22, 1969. Free to visit.[Mike Kill, 09/20/2014]
The bronze figure stands on a 24-ft. tall granite tower which reminds us of a high dive platform (this Pope was known for his athleticism). His 1969 pre-Pope visit was as Karol Wojtyla.
- 10035 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck, MI
- SW corner of Belmont St. and Joseph Campau Ave.