One and Only Hippie Memorial in Arcola, Illinois
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One and Only Hippie Memorial in Arcola, Illinois

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The One and Only Hippie Memorial, Oak Street, Arcola, IL, just off of the railroad tracks

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Just down the block from the Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum is another awesome roadside attraction: The World’s One and Only Hippie Memorial. The monument spans 62 feet across alongside the railroad tracks in Arcola, Illinois. It was built by local Bob Moomaw. He had worked as both a tax assessor and railroad clerk, but disliked both jobs. He preferred painting messages on the side of his building with slogans such as “America you’re turning into a nation of minimum-wage hamburger flippers. Rebel. Think for yourself. It works!”

Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

He started the memorial, a rendering of his life in “junk,” in 1992, just after having bypass surgery and years after losing a leg to cancer. Each of the 62 feet of the artwork represents one part of Moomaw’s life: from the The Great Depression, World War II and 1950s hypocrisy on one end, rising in the middle to a colorful expression of the years when Kennedy and the hippies rose to the declining scrap of the Reagan years.

Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

Although Moomaw died from a heart attack in 1998 his work lives on and still graces the town of Arcola with its hippie presence.

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Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

Site: The One and Only Hippie Memorial
Location: Oak Street, Arcola, IL, just off of the railroad tracks
Hours: Always visible
Costs: Free to See
Date: July 14, 2007

 

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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 to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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