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April 2009

Tastee Treet in Sparta, Wisconsin
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Tastee Treet in Sparta, Wisconsin

Midway through the first day of our Labor Day road trip, my travel companion and I were getting pretty darn hungry. We wanted to stop at somewhere more "local." No Burger Kings or McDonald's for us. So, as we had the World’s Largest Bicyclist and FAST: The Fiberglass Statue Factory to see in Sparta, Wisconsin, we decided to find somewhere there. When we say a local Tastee Treet we knew it was the perfect ...
Ben Bikin’ – World’s Largest Bicyclist in Sparta, Wisconsin
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Ben Bikin’ – World’s Largest Bicyclist in Sparta, Wisconsin

Before hitting up F.A.S.T. you can see a magnificent sample of Sparta's fiberglass art in action at the World's Largest Bicyclist at the entrance to the town. The Bicycle Man of Sparta otherwise known as "Ben Bikin" or "Big Ben" stands at thirty-two-feet tall and depicts a man riding an old-fashioned high-wheeler Victorian bicycle. Installed at his base is a speaker box that gives visitors an audio history ...
F.A.S.T. – Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
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F.A.S.T. – Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

So you're driving along and you see a giant cow or a giant elephant or a giant mouse. These fiberglass roadside attractions speckle the landscape of America in odd locations, beckoning tourists to take a moment to stop. But, you might wonder, where did they come from? If a fiberglass character has popped up anywhere in the last 15 years, chances are it came from F.A.S.T.: Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & ...
Sneak Peek of the Week: F.A.S.T. – Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin
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Sneak Peek of the Week: F.A.S.T. – Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin

A taste of what's to come the rest of the week: F.A.S.T. - Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks in Sparta, Wisconsin. I'm so excited about this week! I'm not only featuring one of the coolest sites I have been to, but I am also prepping for my first semi-road trip of the year this Saturday! Stay tuned for some awesome photos ahead... ...
Pit Stop – April 27, 2009
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Pit Stop – April 27, 2009

Pull over! Pit Stop is your one stop shop for bathroom breaks, snacks, and all the news you can use on roadside attractions, road trips, and everything Silly America! This week on Pit Stop: Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Webster, Massachusetts is one of the world's longest place names. Eight ways green travel can save you money. Four state corners attraction 2.5 ...
Silly America on TV!
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Silly America on TV!

WILL-TV, the public station in Champaign, IL contacted me about using some photos that I posted last February when I spent the month featuring Abraham Lincoln roadside attractions! The episode of Prairie Fire that they aired Thursday, March 26, 2009 profiled photographer David Wiegers, who is traveling the U.S. to take photos of Lincoln artwork, and the photos of Lincoln's Tomb and the World's Tallest ...
Lewis and Clark in Illinois Tribute in Chester, Illinois
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Lewis and Clark in Illinois Tribute in Chester, Illinois

A tribute to Lewis and Clark in Illinois next to the Popeye Statue in Segar Memorial Park in Chester, Illinois. Site: Lewis and Clark in Illinois Location: Segar Memorial Park, Chester, IL Cost: Free to see Hours: Always Visible Date: July 15, 2007 ...
Popeye Statue in Chester, Illinois
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Popeye Statue in Chester, Illinois

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. I'm strong to the finich Cause I eats me spinach. I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. In 1977 a memorial to the beloved cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man was erected in Chester, Illinois, birthplace of the comic's creator Elzie C. Segar. The "Home of Popeye" still proudly displays this six-foot, 900 lb. bronze Popeye statue in Segar Memorial Park, ...
Wimpy Photo Op in Chester, Illinois
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Wimpy Photo Op in Chester, Illinois

You know those things where there is a picture of a character of some sort and the face is cut out so you can take a picture with your face in place of the character's face? I tried figuring out if there was an official name for those things but couldn't find it. In any case, there is one of Wimpy (the hamburger-loving character from Popeye the Sailor Man) in Chester, Illinois underneath the Popeye mural! ...
Popeye Mural in Chester, Illinois
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Popeye Mural in Chester, Illinois

Chester, Illinois celebrates all things Popeye the Sailor Man. It's Elzie Crisler Segar, the cartoon creator's, home town so it only makes sense that the entire town serves as a shrine to his work. In fact, many of the characters were based on residents. In Gazebo Park, next to Spinach Can Collectibles, (where the Wimpy statue lives) their dedication to the sailor man and his friends shows in this lovely ...

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