Fueled for a Star-Spangled Summer
He may be neither red, white, nor blue, but the Golden Driller is as American as any Uncle Sam statue, and much taller, too. He's a towering symbol of the oil that fueled the USA's love of the open road -- and the tourist attractions that made the roads memorable. Tougher than any classical colossus, even the Golden Driller's paint (oil-based, of course) is said to be strong enough to last a century -- a century of progress!
Craftsmanship: It's Tiny and Awesome
The itty-bitty machines and microscopic tools at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum are a testament to the steady hands and steely nerves of those who Think Small. It took one man seven years to get his tiny Do-Nothing Machine to do nothing the right way.
America's Teeth, Toughest in the World
Disgusting "Bauxite Teeth" prompted dentists to seek the power of fluoride, and are displayed at the Bauxite Museum, along with the all-aluminum dress that dared to be different -- but was a dud. The Bauxite Miner Family Statue celebrates the human side of America's most underappreciated ore, while the World's Only Building Made of Bauxite reveals its limitations as a rock.
This Tree Went to the Moon
And it has a sign to prove it. It was just the seed part of the tree -- and some say not even that is true. But the Bicentennial Moon Tree grows on, inching moonward, satisfying tree-huggers and space geeks as it has since 1976.
Berlin Wall Har-De-Har-Har
Why so serious? A French artist mocked the Berlin Wall when he covered it with goofy heads in the 1980s. The Germans gave this Big Head Berlin Wall Slab to New York City, whose busy inhabitants probably don't even know what the slab is or where it came from.
One Man's Home Was His Mud Castle
Cabot Yerxa built and built a bizarre junk castle in the desert for 24 years, and then died. The dry air preserved his mega-mud-home, and now you can tour it as Cabot's Old Indian Pueblo Museum.
Spotted by Tipsters
Robot Chickens in the Machine: For four bucks (crisp bills only) Kristina was able to watch singing, gyrating robot chickens in the Glaum Egg Ranch egg machine -- and take home 22 eggs. So can you!
Collar Size XXXXXXXL: Shutterbug Andrea shared her novel snapshot of a tiny person to show just how giant the Giant President Heads of Houston really are. Let the exuberant vacation photo ops commence!
Restricted Access to Cheesy Goodness?: Tipster Annie had stern words for the overly-protective security cordon surrounding the Big Cheesy Noodle. "It's a noodle sculpture...not a secret recipe. Simmer down, Kraft!"
Back after the Bar-B-Q,
The RoadsideAmerica.com Team