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Big Mike’s Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky
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Big Mike’s Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

On a road trip between Chicago, Illinois and Chattanooga, Tennessee, we took a detour into Cave City, Kentucky. Cave City is a crazy anomaly of a town, full of American wonders. They had everything from a motel shaped like a teepee to a dinosaur park to cave exploration to a wax museum. Unfortunately, Cave City had way too many attractions to pack into a short stopover, and we didn't have too much time to ...
Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina
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Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina

In the heart of downtown Thomasville, North Carolina, there is a statue of John Warwick Thomas, the town's founder. John Warwick Thomas (1800-1871) founded the town of Thomasville in 1852. The town, located in Davidson County, is noted for the role it played in the furniture industry (along with neighboring North Carolina towns High Point and Lexington). The famed Thomasville Furniture Industries began ...
Lions Club Lion Statue in Thomasville, North Carolina
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Lions Club Lion Statue in Thomasville, North Carolina

In Thomasville, North Carolina, just beside the World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair and Statue of John Warwick Thomas (the town's founder) is another site to check out: the Lions Club Lion Statue. Erected in the 1950s the lion advertises the local Lions Club chapter and when and where they meet. Lions Club is "the world's biggest service organization" and aims to empower volunteers to "serve their ...
World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
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World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina

Thomasville, North Carolina (founded by John Warwick Thomas) is well-known in the furniture industry. Home to the beginnings of Thomasville Furniture Industries, Standard Chair, Lambeth Furniture, Thompson Chair, and Queen Chair Company, it's no wonder people think Thomasville when they think furniture. In fact, Thomasville is often referred to as "Chair Town" or "Chair City" — but not necessarily ...
Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry
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Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry

Outside of the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, North Carolina — the town that inspired the fictional town of Mayberry there's a statue of two main characters from The Andy Griffith Show, (a popular television program that ran on CBS in the 1960s): Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) and Opie Taylor (Ron Howard). The bronze statue was donated by TV Land, a station known for it's nostalgic ...
Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith
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Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith

Mount Airy, North Carolina is the birthplace of actor Andy Griffith and is thought to have been the inspiration behind Mayberry, the fictional town made popular on his television show The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s. The town celebrates its fame with signs, recreations of the show's sets, and cardboard cut outs of Mr. Griffith throughout the town. There's even a small Andy Griffith Museum & ...
Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow in Libertyville, Illinois
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Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow in Libertyville, Illinois

This giant fiberglass Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow stands outside of Lambs Farm in Libertyville, Illinois. Lambs Farm is a non-profit organization that provides vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities. The property features a petting zoo, pet shop, thrift shop, country store, cafe and bakery... and this roadside attraction.



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Super Shiny Muffler Man in Evergreen Park, Illinois
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Super Shiny Muffler Man in Evergreen Park, Illinois

This super shiny muffler man in Evergreen Park, Illinois stands on top of Guardian Auto Rebuilders. He sports a sleek coat of car paint that gives him that extra sparkle. These photos were taken long ago but rumor has it he now carries a hockey stick! ...
Big Chief – Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois
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Big Chief – Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

The giant cigar store Indian outside of Cardinal Liquor Barn in Oak Lawn, Illinois is known by locals as "Big Chief." And, he's kind of a big deal. The Indian was built by a company called Creative Display in the 1970s. It was originally constructed as an attraction for a cigar store in nearby Chicago Ridge but moved to it's current locale in 1998. The landmark statue is so cherished by the city that a ...
Eye Can See You Now: Giant Indian on a Roof in Chicago
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Eye Can See You Now: Giant Indian on a Roof in Chicago

They were quick photos. Late at night. We were taking a day road trip around Chicagoland and this was one of the final stops. A giant Indian on the roof of an eye clinic. There were cops nearby and we didn't want to feed a meter. So we hopped out of the car, snapped a few shots, hopped back in and drove off...



This Indian Muffler Man wears prescription glasses (not ...

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