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  • Muffler Man - Big Chief Trojan

    Muffler Man - Big Chief Trojan

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Lived many lives in the Dells - as an Indian Chief in the '80s, then a Trojan Soldier in the '90s, and currently as a "how the mighty have fallen" faux classical statue fragment.

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  • National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

    National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

    Hayward, Wisconsin

    There is much to see here, but what you'll remember most vividly is the world's largest fish, a 45-foot tall fiberglass muskie with an observation deck in its toothy maw.

  • JFK's World's Largest Ball of Twine

    JFK's World's Largest Ball of Twine

    Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin

    The King of All Dump People rolls a big one.

  • Fred Smith's Concrete Park

    Fred Smith's Concrete Park

    Phillips, Wisconsin

    Folk art army sculpted from discarded beer bottles and concrete.

  • House on the Rock

    House on the Rock

    Spring Green, Wisconsin

    This amazing place has little to do with a house (or a rock) but a lot to do with music machines, a giant cannon, a sea monster, and excesses of everything.

  • Forevertron


    Sumpter, Wisconsin

    Tom Every, aka "Dr. Evermor," constructed a science fiction landscape from old carburetors and discarded power house machines.

  • The Rock in the House

    The Rock in the House

    Fountain City, Wisconsin

    The hazards of living downhill from boulders couldn't be presented more clearly.

  • Moccasin Bar

    Moccasin Bar

    Hayward, Wisconsin

    Where everybody knows your name -- especially if you caught and stuffed the world record fish hanging on the wall. Goofy stuffed woodland creature dioramas as well.

  • Jurustic Park

    Jurustic Park

    Marshfield, Wisconsin

    Amateur paleontologist Clyde Wynia has filled his property with extinct metal creatures from Marshfield's Iron Age. An impressively dense collection of modern-day folk art -- and Clyde's wife Nancy makes art, too.

  • Virgin Mary Appeared Here

    Virgin Mary Appeared Here

    Necedah, Wisconsin

    Statues of Lincoln, Washington, and Jesus stand together at the Mediatrix of Peace Shrine. Mary, Mother of God, visited in 1950, and reportedly still occasionally stops by.

  • Home of the Hodag

    Home of the Hodag

    Rhinelander, Wisconsin

    A lumber town makes hay with a beloved local monster.

  • Rudolph Grotto and Wonder Cave

    Rudolph Grotto and Wonder Cave

    Rudolph, Wisconsin

    Father Philip Wagner and his helper Edmund Rybicki spent 20 years piling rocks and building their version of a commercial cave inside it, filled with Catholic religious shrines.

  • F.A.S.T.: Fiberglass Statue Mold Yard

    F.A.S.T.: Fiberglass Statue Mold Yard

    Sparta, Wisconsin

    Where big fiberglass statues come from, and where you can always wander the Mold Field and see the latest creations.

  • Wisconsin Dells

    Wisconsin Dells

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    The Dells are a wonder of nature -- but most folks come here for the over-the-top attractions.

  • Prairie Moon

    Prairie Moon

    Cochrane, Wisconsin

    For 25 years retired farmer Herman Rusch built odd sculptures around his similarly odd museum in an old dance pavilion. It's folk art -- and it's been preserved.

  • Statue of Romeo, The Killer Elephant

    Statue of Romeo, The Killer Elephant

    Delavan, Wisconsin

    A pugnacious pachyderm with five human kills to his credit, but the town still loves him.

  • Dickeyville Grotto

    Dickeyville Grotto

    Dickeyville, Wisconsin

    Rocks and found junk were fashioned into an elaborate religious grotto by a priest on a Mission from God. Washington, Lincoln, and Christopher Columbus make cameo appearances.

  • Don Q Inn

    Don Q Inn

    Dodgeville, Wisconsin

    A crazier-than-most fantasy room motel. Take a bath in a cheese vat, or soak in a hot tub on the moon. Underground tunnel leads to nearby restaurant in a barn. Giant airplane is parked on the front lawn.

  • National Dairy Shrine Visitor's Center

    National Dairy Shrine Visitor's Center

    Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

    The history of dairy farming revealed, including a display about vital parachute drops of bull semen.

  • Nick Engelbert's Grandview

    Nick Engelbert's Grandview

    Hollandale, Wisconsin

    Dairy farmer Nick Engelbert filled his front yard with home-built statues, including a Viking in a Longboat and Snow White wearing a scallop shell bra.

  • World's Largest Six Pack and King of Beer

    World's Largest Six Pack and King of Beer

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    Brewery with a monstrous sixer and a statue of the King of Beer.

  • Sputnik Crashed Here

    Sputnik Crashed Here

    Manitowoc, Wisconsin

    A monument in the sidewalk and a circle in the street mark the spot where a Soviet satellite smacked down. A replica of the space junk is displayed a few steps away. Festival held on the anniversary.

  • World's Largest Talking Loon

    World's Largest Talking Loon

    Mercer, Wisconsin

    Known as "Claire d'Loon," the World's Largest Talking Loon finally got her voice back in May 2015.

  • Bronze Fonz

    Bronze Fonz

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    1970s TV icon "The Fonz" and his fictional connection to Milwaukee are celebrated with Milwaukee's most popular statue.

  • Easter Island Head

    Easter Island Head

    New Berlin, Wisconsin

    14-foot-tall cement plaster tiki head made to look like stone, and tough enough to survive Wisconsin winters.

  • Great Peshtigo Fire Museum and Mass Grave

    Great Peshtigo Fire Museum and Mass Grave

    Peshtigo, Wisconsin

    America's most horrible forest fire was bad enough, but it happened on the same night as another fire that grabbed all the headlines.

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