Hartselle, Alabama: Iron Man: Ancient Billboard

A flattened man made of iron, with a hat and outstretched arms, is a roadside patent medicine billboard over a hundred years old.

Address:
2605 AL-36, Hartselle, AL
Directions:
On the northwest corner of Hwy 36 and Iron Man Rd.
Admission:
Free
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Iron Man.

Iron Man: Ancient Billboard

The Iron Man: Ancient Billboard is still standing, watching over traffic in Hartselle. What a wonderful piece of Old School advertisement. It's over 100 years old!

[Buffett 2010, 09/18/2018]

Iron Man.

Iron Man

Iron Man is a roadside billboard, over a hundred years old, made of iron. He's shaped like a man with outstretched arms, similar to a scarecrow, which probably made him and his brethren acceptable to farmers with roadside fields. He advertises Vegacal Liver Tonic, one of several patent medicines whose high alcohol content made them popular in dry counties in the South.

Iron Man has been so beloved over the years that he now stands on the corner of Iron Man Road, in front of Iron Man Grocery. His feet are encased in a large block of cement to make sure he stays put.

[Tom Watson, 03/07/2017]

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