Missouri Road Trip Day 2: Kansas City Roadside Attractions

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After the hot dog eating contest Brian and I hit the road for some more awesome adventures on our Missouri road trip! We explored roadside attractions in Kansas City (both in Missouri and Kansas) a bit, first hitting up the World’s Largest Soccer Ball! FYI, it’s on a creepy little road that if you go just a bit too far on seems to all of a sudden turn into an abandoned highway. That’s probably not what it is but it’s what it seems like. You’re all of a sudden on a bridge overpass of the highway. Creepy, cool. After that we tried to stop at a Sinclair station for gas, but alas it was closed down.

Next was the garment district where, just like in New York City, there was a giant needle and button! At this point I was getting hungry, and Brian was feeling good to eat again, so we stopped off at the Town Topic, another of the top picks from Hamburger America! It was a great little place and the ladies at the counter seemed kind of disgusted that Brian had just eaten in a hot dog eating contest and kind of happy that we said that we’d saved room for their burgers! The burger was delicious and you can never go wrong with a place that serves tater tots!

From there we found a giant old-fashioned Iron and headed off to find one of the coolest things EVER: The World’s Largest Shuttlecocks at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art! FYI, if you try to climb them an automated voice recording will tell you not to. Not that we would ever ever do such a thing.

World's Largest Shuttlecocks in Kansas City, Missouri
World’s Largest Shuttlecocks in Kansas City, Missouri

We then left Kansas City and made our way south to see the World’s Largest Coal Shovel. FYI, a coal shovel looks nothing like a, say, snow shovel. But it was huge and metal and very impressive! We found a giant mushroom, although it was on the opposite side of the road, and a miniature church that definitely wasn’t the smallest I’ve seen but was cute and small none the less and was situated in a park.

World’s Largest Coal Shovel in Rich Hill, Missouri
World’s Largest Coal Shovel in Rich Hill, Missouri
Miniature Church in Golden City, Missouri
Miniature Church in Golden City, Missouri

At a gas station we found a crapduster with a spinning propeller than we stopped for a treat at a Superman museum that doubles as an ice cream parlor! I have to say it was pretty awesome. Not only was the ice cream delicious, and the “museum” spectacular, but the service and customers were polite and friendly. It felt like a real neighborhood haunt where everyone in the whole place will come together to chat!

SuperTAM on 66 - Superman Memorabilia & Ice Cream in Carterville, Missouri
SuperTAM on 66 – Superman Memorabilia & Ice Cream in Carterville, Missouri

We next found our way to a pair of giant praying hands. FYI, there is a parking lot for it. FYI2 there is a staircase for it. FYI3 we found neither before parking on a side street and climbing up the side of the hill they live on. But they were giant and kind of cool.

Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri
Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

Finally we made our way in the dark down some gravel farm roads and found a tiny church behind a gate. And that may very well have been the smallest church I’ve ever seen. By then it was dark and a bit too late to continue for much longer on our Missouri road trip, so we made our way to Springfield where there were apparently three conventions and therefore no hotel rooms but we managed to find a place to lay our heads for the night.

Missouri's Smallest Church - a Tiny Church in Mount Vernon, Missouri
Missouri’s Smallest Church – a Tiny Church in Mount Vernon, Missouri

Missouri road trip log:

Day 1: Road Trip to Kansas City
Day 2: Missouri Hot Dog Eating Qualifying Contest
Day 2: Kansas City Roadside Attractions
Day 3: Heading Home
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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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