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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:36 PM   #1
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Roadside America

Roadside America

Got pictures of crazy roadside Americana? Post 'em here! Let's class the joint up!


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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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A few delights:

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Supai Motel by Dusty_73, on Flickr

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1959 Impala at Wigwam Village by Dusty_73, on Flickr

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A '56 on Route 66 by Dusty_73, on Flickr

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Spike-n-Rail Restaurant by Dusty_73, on Flickr

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Old May 25th, 2011, 06:20 AM   #3
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you mean like "Salem Sue" the worlds largest Hostein Cow which I drove past every few weeks on visitis to my grand parents when growing up?
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Old May 25th, 2011, 06:35 AM   #4
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Then there is the "enchanted highway"... man, North Dakota is weird, but in a good way.

http://www.enchantedhighway.net/
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Old May 25th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #5
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Pennsylvania is a good place for Roadside America because of some of the first major roads going through the state.


This Amish country place is on the Lincoln Highway (US 30), east of Lancaster in Paradise Township.



The Red Caboose Motel is on a side road east of Strasburg.

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Old May 25th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #6
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I LOVE Shoo-Fly pie. Used to drive up to the flea market north of Laurel to get my Amish fix!
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Old May 26th, 2011, 04:50 AM   #7
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Old May 28th, 2011, 05:14 AM   #8
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Old May 30th, 2011, 04:06 PM   #9
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It's seems like those Cadillac motels are listed in order of best to worst. That last one is pretty dumpy looking.
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Great topic. Americana has always been a fascinating subject to me. Here are some photographs taken by my flickr contacts, enjoy!

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drive-by #77 by matthias franke., on Flickr

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Somewhere between Detroit and Chicago, US 1975 by Don Hudson, on Flickr

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Austin, TX 1977 by Don Hudson, on Flickr

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Lucky Silver by steven-brooks, on Flickr

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landscapes by steven-brooks, on Flickr

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Horse Bend Motel, Lovell, Wyoming 16/7/1973 - By Stephen Shore


Main Street and 2nd Avenue,Valley City, South Dacota 7/12/1973 - By Stephen Shore

By Stephen Shore.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 07:02 PM   #12
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Nice n' tacky!


Meanwhile, South of The Border...

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I had to look up this "South of the Border" place since I'd never heard of it.

Apparently it's on the border of North and South Carolina...so no where even near Mexico. What a bizarre, kitschy, wonderful place.
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Anyone ever been to the Mitchell Corn Palace in South Dakota? It's the epitome of a tourist trap, but still worth the visit if you're passing by on I-90.


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I had to look up this "South of the Border" place since I'd never heard of it.

Apparently it's on the border of North and South Carolina...so no where even near Mexico. What a bizarre, kitschy, wonderful place.
South of the Border is literally feet from the North Carolina border, to minimize down to the foot the amount of driving you have to do from up north via I-95. Since there's no restrictions on buying fireworks in South Carolina, you can buy truckloads here. I think it started as a fireowrks business and has evolved since then.

Another staple of South of the Border is their billboards. There might be 50 of them on I-95 in North Carolina as you head south.
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Southwest of Bridgeville, DE

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Roy's Motel and Cafe - Amboy, California

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Feels so out of place in the desert, love it!
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South of the Border is literally feet from the North Carolina border, to minimize down to the foot the amount of driving you have to do from up north via I-95. Since there's no restrictions on buying fireworks in South Carolina, you can buy truckloads here. I think it started as a fireowrks business and has evolved since then.

Another staple of South of the Border is their billboards. There might be 50 of them on I-95 in North Carolina as you head south.
They must be falling on hard times because the number of billboards goes down every year. I remember back in the day (the 90s) I swear there were billboards for South of the Border north of Richmond. I remember signs like "only 200 more exits to go" and other ridiculous signs. Similarly amusing are the signs after South of the Border on 95 announcing that you'd missed the exit and should turn around.

This is possibly THE staple roadside attraction most well known along the Eastern Seaboard or possibly just the Southeast. The Jersey turnpike rest stops are the only other contender in my noggin.


Also that Bridgeville shot is great, I'd love to know where that building is. I frequently go through Bridgeville to escape the horendous traffic on 50 between DC and the beachs.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 01:36 AM   #20
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I think South of the Border trumps anything in the east. I wouldn't call rest stops like those on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the Maryland House and Chesapeake House in Maryland, etc, as "attractions".

That gas station near Bridgeville is on Delaware Route 18 just south of where it turns at the intersection of Federalsburg Road and Cannon Road.
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