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.

2605 AL-36, Hartselle, AL
On the northwest corner of Hwy 36 and Iron Man Rd.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Iron Man: Ancient Billboard

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Cook Museum of Natural ScienceCook Museum of Natural Science, Decatur, AL - 11 mi.
Civil War Museum: Ghosts and Pee SaddlesCivil War Museum: Ghosts and Pee Saddles, Vinemont, AL - 15 mi.
Clarkson Covered BridgeClarkson Covered Bridge, Cullman, AL - 16 mi.
In the region:
Coke Sign Eaten by a Tree, Harvest, AL - 29 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...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

Alabama Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, Foyil, Oklahoma (May 10-16, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now