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In front of Creekside Supply, a lawn and garden store, are large statues of Bigfoot and a bright pink pig, linked by a rope leash. The store affectionately calls them Harry and Wilbur.[Kristi, 08/24/2016]
Harry the Bigfoot from the film "Harry and the Hendersons," and Wilbur the pig from the book Charlotte's Web.
- North Carolina 65, Germanton, NC
- Creekside Supply. On the north side of Hwy 8/65, just west of its intersection with Hwy 1953. The statues stand in front, next to the highway.
- Lake Geneva, Wisconsin - Tablet Honoring E. Gary Gygax
In front of the Riviera building near the lakefront is a fountain. In front of the fountain, amidst the bricks with names of donors, is a larger brick honoring E. Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons and Dragons.[Rob Southgate, 08/24/2016]
Gary lived and died in Lake Geneva, and it's where he invented the game Dungeons and Dragons.
- 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI
- The tablet is flush with the ground, in the paved plaza between the Riviera Ballroom and the fountain in front of it. Downtown, on the shore of Lake Geneva, at the corner of Wrigley Drive and Broad St.
The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is home to a startling array of extraordinary taxidermy. According to the man who served as our guide, the animals were stuffed by a local high school teacher. What's really remarkable, other than the quality and the sheer number of specimens, is that they seem to be engaged in a feeding frenzy. Many of the stuffed carnivores are immortalized chomping on hapless prey. The herbivores get in on the action, too; a large beaver gnaws on a log as a coyote and badger fight over a gopher nearby. There are all kinds of local and not-so-local species, including a timberwolf, foxes (one holds a dead squirrel in its jaws), all sorts of freshwater and marine fishes, and on and on.
The displays are mounted in very involved dioramas. And there were so many of them! Our guide was full of information, some tidbits less verifiable than others ("Canada geese aren't named that because they're from Canada; they were discovered by a man whose last name was Canada"). Sometimes we wondered if our leg was being pulled, but it was entertaining all the same.
Honestly, this was one of the most "Roadside America-y" places I've been. All of the elements were there: bland first appearances that escalated to total weirdness, everything taken just a step too far, and an extraordinarily zealous guide who trailed you, full of information. We went in with expectations of tadpole tanks and Audubon sketches of Great Blue Herons. Instead we found a whole lot more.[Kitsa, 08/24/2016]
Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center
- 255 Meechen Rd, Put-in-Bay, OH
- Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center. From the ferry landing turn right onto Rt 163/Langram Rd. Drive three-quarters of a mile. Turn left onto Meechen Rd. Drive a half-mile. The Center will be on the right, just past the intersection for Put-In-Bay Rd.
- Summer opens daily at 10 am. (Call to verify)
- Adults $3.
"The Thing" was a self-propelled vehicle, powered by a steam engine, built in 1884-1885 by Thomas and John Clegg in their Memphis machine shop. The historical marker states that The Thing was "the first recorded self-propelled vehicle in Michigan (and perhaps the country)" and that "It ran about 500 miles before Clegg dismantled it and sold the engine to a creamery."[Paul, 08/24/2016]
- Bordman Rd, Memphis, MI
- East edge of town, on the south side of Bordman Rd, just east of its intersection with Cedar St. The marker has its own tiny pull-out, big enough for one car.
The Blues is rooted in old and long forgotten Mississippi juke joints -- long forgotten except for the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia. Opened in 1948, the Blue Front is recognized as the oldest surviving juke joint in Mississippi, and likely America. Blues legends have played at the old cinder block building for nearly 70 years. The town of Bentonia is also home to a unique style of Blues called Bentonia Blues, known for its unique tuning and style of picking, played by Skip James, Jack Owens, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, and others.[Michael Schulze, 08/24/2016]
Blue Front Cafe
- 107 E. Railroad Ave., Bentonia, MS
- Blue Front Cafe. From US Hwy 49 turn north/east onto Hwy 433. Drive into town, cross the train tracks, then turn right onto Railroad Ave. You'll see the Cafe on the left.