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Senoia, Georgia - Walking Dead Town
Who knew? Senoia is a haven for film producers. TV series such as The Walking Dead and Drop Dead Diva shoot scenes in this quaint little town. You can take a mini-bus tour of the film sites of The Walking Dead, guided by a local actor who regularly plays a zombie in the show. There is also a Walking Dead gift shop in the center of town.
Crews have visited this area to film movies such as Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes, Footloose, Sweet Home Alabama, and many others. Gold stars are embedded in the downtown sidewalks (similar to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood) to commemorate each production filmed here.[Vicki Stevison, 08/26/2014]
- Main St., Senoia, GA
- Main St. and Travis St.
- Horn Lake, Mississippi - Where Elvis Spent His Honeymoon
The humble cottage where Elvis and Priscilla spent their honeymoon will be upgraded into an attraction worthy of The King, according to its new owners.
Local TV station WTVA reports that the abandoned cottage, which now stands near a busy intersection, will be moved further back into the Circle G Ranch property. The cottage interior will be restored to its 1967 honeymoon appearance, and the adjacent Elvis barbecue pit "will be moved brick-by-brick." Also, a 55-foot-tall cross on the property will be painted and patched, there will be "a water, light, and music show for 500 people," and the entire ranch will be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The owners say that "Phase One" will be complete by Summer 2015 -- but the property has a long history of investors who have tried, and failed, to improve it, with proposals ranging from an Elvis Eternal Flame to a statue of Elvis dressed like a cowboy.[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 08/25/2014]
Circle G Ranch
- 5939 Goodman Rd, Horn Lake, MS
- Circle G Ranch. I-55 exit 289, then 5.5 miles west on Goodman Rd. On the south side, just before the intersection of Hwy 301. Visible from the road. Private property; please do not trespass.
- Cleveland, Ohio - Former Smallest Book in the World
The Cleveland Public Library has the John F. Puskas Miniature Books Collection, which contains what was, in 2002, "the smallest printed book in the world" (as judged by Guinness World Records): the 1985 edition of Old King Cole, published by Gleniffer Press of Paisley [Scotland]. This book no longer holds the record, but it's still ridiculously small. The Library also holds one of the largest collections, nationally and internationally, of material on chess and checkers, which is displayed near the tiny book.[B Mann, 08/25/2014]
Cleveland Public Library
- 325 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH
- Third Floor, Main Building, of the downtown Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, in its Special Collections department.
- M-Sa 10-6 (Call to verify)
Marshfield, Wisconsin - Jurustic Park
Be sure to make use of the insect repellent available at the entrance.[Amy, 08/25/2014]
- M222 Sugar Bush Ln., Marshfield, WI
- Take Hwy 97 north out of town. Turn onto Hwy E at the stop light by WalMart. Go 3.5 miles to Sugar Bush Lane, turn left for one-half mile until you see the sculptures. A small sign directs you where to go.
Cleveland, Ohio - Planet Art: They Have Landed
An outdoor public art display that looks as if a bunch of planets have crashed into the earth. Created by local artist Loren Naji, the display is titled, "They Have Landed," and is at the West 25th Street station of the Cleveland RTA light rail system. It was unveiled on September 23, 2011, and features group of plywood planets at various depths of impact. The largest one is eight feet in diameter and contains a time capsule to be opened September 23, 2050.[signmanjoe, 08/25/2014]
- 2350 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH
- The planets are just west of the Guardians of Traffic Bridge, at the intersection of Lorain Ave., Abbey Ave., and W. 24th St.. On the south side, in a little traffic island.