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Big Springs, Nebraska: Caterpillar of Tires

An Alice in Wonderland caterpillar sits on a polka dot red mushroom, made from old tires by travel center mechanics. Reported gone in April 2024, but its absence may be temporary.

Flying J

109 Circle Rd, Big Springs, NE
Flying J travel center, I-80 exit 107 NE corner on 25B. In the back at the mechanics service area. Exit the north door of the truck stop, turn to your right, and walk past the truck fuel pumps.
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Caterpillar of Tires

The tire caterpillar is gone. There's just a small tire turtle in its place. It looks like the caterpillar was destroyed; I saw pieces in the back of a semi trailer.

[Mike Wingate, 04/04/2024]

We've received several reports over the years that the Caterpillar of Tires is gone, but it always seems to return. Whoever builds it at this truck stop may simply make new versions, and there's no shortage of rubber material.

Tire turtle.

Caterpillar Of Tires

Stopped by to see the caterpillar today. Didn't see the frog or the dragon, but a turtle had been added.

[Hobbit Singleton, 09/12/2022]

Caterpillar of Tires.

Caterpillar of Tires

The caterpillar is still there! But the dragon is gone, and the frog is missing a few pieces. A worker at the truck stop said that the art was created by students at the local high school.

[edmag, 07/23/2021]

Dragon and caterpillar.

Caterpillar of Tires

The frog appears to have hopped up on top of a shipping container, but now there is a... dragon? It's flanking the tire shop with the caterpillar, who - with his air tube hookah - is definitely worth a stop for cheap gas.

[Leslie Wacker, 06/26/2016]

Frog of Tires.

Frog of Tires!

Not only is the "Caterpillar of Tires" behind the Flying J, they've now added a green "Frog of Tires." The Frog is immediately to the left of the Caterpillar, and would be nearly impossible to miss if you drive around to the rear (north) side of the Flying J. Love the creativity! Would be extra-great for small children to see.

[gjb, 08/09/2015]

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