Roadside America Videos and Films

Here's a selection of older video clips from the vault. Interviews with the Immortals of Tourism, treasured 16mm home movies, and scary moments captured on video. More recent video clips are here.

Polka band movie. Surapa movie. Patriotic billboard movie. Flowerman movie.
House of Clocks Polka Band
(3.7 mb .mov)
Crank up your favorite polka on the animatronic juke box, Wausau, IA.
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Surapa, Painting Elephant
(4.1 mb .mov)
Watch an elephant paint disturbing masterpieces at the Buffalo, NY zoo.
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Secret Caverns Billboard Secrets
(5 mb .mov)
An explanation of the "Patriotic" billboard.
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Cleveland Turner, the Flower Man
(4.2 mb .mov)
His amazing skid row-to-artist story.
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Mummies dry out. King of the Windmills Max Nordeen on Sally Rand.
"Have You Saw the Mummies?"
(1.8mb .mov)
Philippi, WV, is proud of its Mummies of the Insane. Hear what happened after flood waters swept these local folk heroes down Main Street.
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At home with the Bible Birds
(1.2mb .mov)
A visit to Noblesville, IN, where Rev. Wendell Hansen trains his Bible Birds. Here's another clip [970k] of wife Eunice conducting "Jesus Loves Me" in the den.
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King of the Windmills Rants
(2.1mb .mov)
Stockton, CA, is where the King of the Windmills reigns. His attraction has been decimated by a messy divorce, but the King rants on....
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Sally Rand was a beautiful woman...
(2.5mb .mov )
Max Nordeen, Woodhull, IL, shows off his collection and knowledge of fan dancer Sally Rand. More desperate videos at the
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Entrance to Mystery Spot Hangin' Toilet King Golf in a Funeral Home
Santa Cruz Mystery Spot
(1.6mb .mov)
A guide tries to explain mysterious forces at this oddity of Science on the California coast.
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"Another Live Hanging"
(1mb .mov)
At Buckskin Joe's in Canon City, CO, justice is served in .mov. But there's ample opportunity to snap souvenir hanging photos.
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Saddam's Toilet Seat
(1.5mb .mov)
The King of Toilet Seat Arts may be dead -- but his legacy lives on in his celebrity seats. Find out about the most strategic movement of the Gulf War.
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Miniature Golf in a Funeral Home
(2.3mb .mov)
Miniature golf at Ahlgrim's Funeral Home, in Palatine, IL. Play is prohibited during viewings, unless requested by the family.
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Clips from the vault:

Travels in the Wienermobile

The fiberglass flagship of the Oscar Mayer corporation was one of our more unusual modes of transport. For eight days, we traveled America's highways as modern-day meat gods. Two short clips from the journey.

Whirlwind view of tour. At the time of this recording there were 32 official versions of the wiener jingle.[1.7mb .mov] Special stop at Wall Drug, Wall, SD and a visit to the backlot. [1.2mb .mov]

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