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Shelburne, Vermont - Big Jack Made From Fireplugs
It looks like the sculpture has grown several more fire hydrants since its last photo. It sits in front of the home of a local art teacher.[Rosio, 11/24/2014]
It appears to be an entirely new sculpture. Nice improvement!
- 5347 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT
- Downtown. On the east side of US Hwy 7/Shelburne Rd, across from the firehouse.
Frankfort, Kentucky - Abandoned Whiskey Distillery Castle
Driving down an unassuming country road next to Glenn's Creek, one rounds a turn to find what at first glance appears to be a crumbling medieval castle, but is actually the remains of the Old Taylor Distillery.
Colonel Edmund H. Taylor -- considered the second "father" of Bourbon Whiskey -- built this distillery in 1887, and it is considered one of the most remarkable sights in the bourbon industry. The main building is made entirely of limestone blocks, and is in the form of a medieval castle, complete with turrets and ramparts. A sketch of the castle appeared on the label of the product that was made here.
Inside the castle were gardens and ornate rooms where Colonel Taylor used to entertain government officials and politicians. You can still see part of the elaborate grounds outside to the left of the main building.[RS, 11/24/2014]
The castle has been abandoned since 1972, but still stands.
- 4335 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, KY
- South of the city. From downtown drive east on E. Main St./US Hwy 60. Turn right at the stoplight (Kentucky State University on left) onto Hwy 1659. Follow it south a little over five miles. You'll see the castle on the right.
- Oak Grove, Alabama - Housewife-Whacking Meteor Fell Here
A historical marker flags the the only known spot where a person was hit by a meteorite. Housewife Ann Hodges survived the too-close encounter. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [11/23/2014]
Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Alabama's Housewife-Whacking Meteorite
This is the actual meteorite that fell to earth and hit housewife Ann Hodges on November 30, 1954. The most famous exhibit in the museum. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [11/23/2014]
Catoosa, Oklahoma - Blue Whale
Definitely worth it. The tamale cart/house next to the Blue Whale is delicious.[Crystal Morris, 11/23/2014]