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New Haven, Connecticut - Birthplace of the Hamburger
After having my hamburger at Louis's Lunch I went to Evergreen Cemetery to see Midnight Mary's grave. I stopped at the main office for a map and was pleased to discover that the cemetery's famous graves were marked on the map to make it easier for visitors to find them. Imagine my surprise when I saw that one of the buried celebrities was Louis Lassen, founder of the hamburger restaurant where I had just eaten lunch. I felt it was my duty to pay a visit.
He is north and west of Midnight Mary. From Midnight Mary's grave head north along the road bordering the fence and Winthrop Avenue. When you get to the end of the road turn left (west) and follow that road. Louis is in Section 12, Plot 81, Grave 13.[Signmanjoe, 04/16/2014]
- 263 Crown St., New Haven, CT
- At Louis' (loo-ese) Lunch. I-95 exit 47 onto Hwy 34 toward downtown. From Hwy 34 exit onto Frontage Rd, then a quick right onto York St., then another quick right onto George St., then a quick left onto Crown St.
Louisville, Kentucky - 30-Foot-Tall Gold Statue of David
Quite the masterpiece; however, if you're going to see the statue, then be sure to stop and eat at the restaurant in 21c (boutique hotel which brought in "David") -- the restaurant is Proof on Main. Delicious![DBB, 04/15/2014]
Poteau, Oklahoma - Monument Atop the World's Highest Hill
Nice picnic area. Beautiful drive. Would have been a nice view if it wasn't so cloudy.[Nancy, 04/15/2014]
Weather can be quite unpredictable at 1,999 feet. You may find the picnic tables clammy with humidity or baking in a sun unshielded by normal sea level atmosphere. Some travelers have been known to acclimate en route at the 500 ft. level, while buying gas and snacks.
- County Rd D1340, Poteau, OK
- West of town and US Hwy 271 via Witteville Dr which becomes Haskins Canyon Ridge Rd, then left on County Rd D1340.
Big Spring, Texas - Giant Hard Hat
Giant Hard Hat![Cherie Nelson, 04/15/2014]
Retired business promotional prop trying to enjoy its twilight years?
- I-20 Frontage Rd, Big Spring, TX
- 5 mi. west of Big Spring. I-20 exit 172. South side of I-20 Frontage Rd between Cauble Rd and Stallings Rd.
Bristol, Virginia - Where Hank Williams Ate His Last Meal
Best burgers in Bristol. Owner Joe Deel was behind the grill and we chatted for a while. Mostly family working here. Some Hank Sr. stuff on the walls and a lot of fun diner nostalgia stuff everywhere you look! Clean, friendly and very cool place. Innovative breakfast menu but didn't have any.[Casaflamingo, 04/15/2014]
Hank Williams stopped here on New Years Eve 1952, mere hours before he died.
- 8 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, VA
- Burger Bar. Downtown, only a few feet north of the Tennessee state line. Three blocks east of Hwy 381/Commonwealth Ave., between Goode and State Sts.