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Dragon Man’s Crush on the 1950s

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

On our whirlwind tour of Dragon Man’s Military Museum, we spotted a few Elvis-Presley-as-GI photos near one of the armored personnel carriers. Elvis? Was tattooed tough-talking Mel “Dragon Man” Bernstein a fan? “I have a small Elvis collection,” he said.

Bicycle Obelisk: New Highway Deities

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

In the heyday of Isis and Ra, obelisks were hot. Their pizazz has cooled over the last few millennia, but they’re still occasionally erected to honor someone extra-special or add cryptic counterpoint to another landmark — say, a humongous piece of fruit.

Giant Spiky Things Say “Hello, Iowa!”

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Have you ever driven from Omaha into Council Bluffs on I-80 — and been unaware that you’ve crossed from Nebraska into Iowa? That won’t happen again.

Last Whorehouse In Cripple Creek Needs Money

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The Old Homestead was once one of the world’s fanciest brothels, serving the wealthiest men in the gold boom town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Now it needs cash, fast, and its traditional revenue model is no longer an option. Turned into a museum in 1958, the Old Homestead is Cripple Creek’s last standing cathouse — […]

Leather Guy Offered Second Life As Daniel Boone

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

It was a sad day in 2006 when The Leather Guy came down. He was a roadside original, sculpted in 1971 as an exact replica of the groovy owner of a leather shop in Mayfield, New York.

Volcano Car a Tourism Survivor

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

When Mt. St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, it obliterated nearly everything within a 10-mile radius — except for cameraman Dave Crockett and his KOMO news car.

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