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7. The Last Standing Shell Oil Clamshell Filling Station: Abandoned in the 1950's and located near Winston-Salem North Carolina, this throwback to an earlier time is a must do photo-op for your next road trip. Shell Oil, as a way to promote it's logo and brand, built a number of these around the USA but it became obvious pretty quick that the odd shaped building wasn't much use for anything but as a novelty and many were abandoned or built around as the service station concept took hold. Located at the corner of Sprague and Peachtree Streets in Winston-Salem North Carolina.
6: Carhenge Nebraska: Rising like monoliths from ancient times on the western edge of the Sandhills of Nebraska stands a formation of vehicles from days gone by. Replicating Stonehenge, Carhenge consists of the circle of cars, 3 standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and 2 station stones and includes a “Car Art Preserve” with sculptures made from cars and parts of cars. Located just north of Alliance, Nebraska, Carhenge is formed from vintage American automobiles, painted gray to replicate Stonehenge. Built by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father, it was dedicated at the June 1987 summer solstice.
5. Hell Michigan: How many people set out to plan a leisurely weekend road trip with the phrase, "I've got an idea..let's go to Hell!" Probably not many, unless your destination is Hell Michigan. Established in 1838, this little Hamlet officially became “Hell” after the first settler began to pay farmers for their grain with whiskey. While you're there, you have to eat at the Hell Hole Diner.
4. Ouija Board Headstone Elijah Bond, the inventor of the Ouija Board is memorialized with a granite headstone that features the original design from the original patent for the game. The headstone was only recently erected at the unmarked grave of Bond by donations from game enthuasists and spearheaded by Robert Murch. It's located in Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery
3. Georgia Guidestones: “Let these be guidestones to an age of reason,” reads from the inscription on the granite tablet in the front of the Georgia Guidestones. This structure—a monument made up of several 19-foot granite stones, commissioned by an anonymous man in 1979—offers 10 post-apocalyptic messages of guidance, written in eight different languages. The perfect thing for a bit of light reading. The monument stands at the highest point in Elbert County, about 90 miles (140 km) east of Atlanta, 45 miles (72 km) from Athens, and 9 miles (14 km) north of the center of Elberton
2. Salvation Mountain - Nilan, California located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs. Salvation Mountain is Leonard Knight's tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: "God Is Love." Leonard's passion created this brilliant "outsider art " masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord's Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner's Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world.
1. PRADA STORE Near Valentine Texas. Imagine you're tooling along in the desert, keeping a wary eye out for the occasional jack rabbit, or gila monster...when all of a sudden you see what, at first glance, appears to be a service station up the road. Then before you know it, you're there and whoa!! Who put a Prada store right in the middle of the desert? Established on October 1, 2005, situated 1.4 miles (2.3 km) northwest of Valentine, Texas, just off U.S. Highway 90 (US 90), and about 26 miles (42 km) northwest of the city of Marfa is where you'll find the most unique "museum" to commerce anywhere in the USA. Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa designed the Prada Marfa, "a site specific, permanent land art project" by artists Elmgreen and Dragset. The Prada store was constructed by The Maxwell Company. It ranks up there among the oddest roadside attraction we think we've ever seen.
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