The Orick Peanut.

The Orick Peanut

Field review by the editors.

Orick, California

The Orick Peanut -- originally known as "Mr. Peanut" -- was roughly hewn from a nine-ton Redwood log in 1977. It was loaded onto a flatbed and driven to the White House, where members of the lumber industry tried to give it to President Jimmy Carter, a former peanut farmer. Accompanied by a sign that read, "It may be Peanuts to you, but it's Jobs to us!," the Peanut was a protest against Carter's planned expansion of Redwood National Park, which loggers viewed as a threat to their livelihoods.

Chopping a Redwood into a peanut was not a smart way to win favor with the conservation-minded White House, and the Peanut was rejected. It was driven all the way back to Orick, where the Chamber of Commerce president agreed to display it. The Peanut has sat in the same spot ever since.

It never did look much like a peanut and, because of years of weathering, it looks even less so now.

Roadside Presidents
Roadside Presidents App for iPhone. Find this attraction and more: museums, birthplaces, graves of the Chief Execs, first ladies, pets, assassins and wannabes. Prez bios and oddball trivia. Available on the App Store.

The Orick Peanut

Shoreline Fuel Mart

Address:
120025 US-101, Orick, CA
Directions:
Outside the Shoreline Fuel Mart. One mile south of the village of Orick, on the west side of US-101, at the south end of Shoreline Fuel Mart.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Diamond Historical MarkerBig Diamond Historical Marker, Orick, CA - < 1 mi.
Radar Station B-71: Farmhouse DisguiseRadar Station B-71: Farmhouse Disguise, Klamath, CA - 16 mi.
Douglas Bridge MemorialDouglas Bridge Memorial, Klamath, CA - 17 mi.
In the region:
Shipwreck, Eureka, CA - 39 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in California

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in California.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Tail o' the Pup, West Hollywood, California (Jan 30-Feb 5, 2023)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings