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45+ Of The Strangest American Landmarks That Only 2% Of Americans Know

DanyJuly 18, 2021
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Their small town has only 400 residents, and they’re proud of their weird fork landmark. It also officially holds the title for The World’s Largest Fork (Yes, that is a thing.)

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You can actually find some pretty fancy stuff there, like a $15,000 Rolex watch! Over a million tourists pass through the center a year, and a percentage of their earnings goes to charity.

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What started as a dairy bar is now a popular cafe that’s been passed down to the generations of the Bradshaw family. Today, locals and tourists come to check out the unusually shaped orange dome known for its fried pie and catfish. Yum!

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The rock has many verses from the Bible and other religious scripture written on it and it is a popular tourist destination. The mountain is so popular, it’s been featured in a number of music videos like Kesha’s “Praying” and “Birds” by Coldplay.

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According to artist Leo Jensen, a battle of frogs took place in the town back in 1754. One summer night, the town was woken up to loud noises only to find piles of dead bullfrogs. It turns out there was some sort of frog turf war!

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The detailing is stunning, with the gold clasp and stethoscope peaking out from the top. Just as a warning, you can’t pick up the bag—it’s about 20 ft tall!

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And it gets even better. The building has more than 100 arcade games, a dessert bar, and a play palace. Okay, when are we booking our flights to the Sunshine State?

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However, in 1942, the tree fell and a new was planted in its place, so today, it’s more like the son of the tree that owns itself.

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The maze spans more than two and a half miles and is made from 14,000 Hawaiian plants. So cool!

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You can find this cute spot in Cottonwood, Idaho, and don’t worry, your dogs are encouraged to stay as well.

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Although it doesn’t have any condiments inside, it’s still a fun attraction and quite an unusual one.

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The elephant appears to be drinking a martini, and since pink elephants are associated with getting drunk, it seems quite fitting. And if you come during holidays like Halloween and the 4th of July, the locals dress up the 12-foot animal in different costumes!

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However, the tree was removed after the hoops were weighing down its branches. Oh well!

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Nobody is sure why he started it, but it’s the world’s largest ball of twine to date, and once a year, local residents take part in a twine-a-thon where more twine is added to the bright orange ball.

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But when they found out it was illegal to advertise for something that was not yet built, the words were changed to “Florence Y’all,” which got so more attention. In fact, Florence’s minor league baseball team changed their name to Florence Yall’s last year.

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Why did he do this? Is it a homage to the movie National Treasure, or maybe it involves the Illuminati? What’s even crazier, is that tourists come to see the tomb and leave lipstick marks on it for no apparent reason.

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There’s nothing inside the boot, but it’s great for a photo op, and tourists can check out the aquarium inside and their selection of duck boots, of course.

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Hardware store owner, David Goldberg, didn’t know what to do with his collection of old doorknobs, so he decided to put it to good use by making a Starry Night mural. It took him four months to finish, he used 1,200 doorknobs, and you can find the mural right outside his store.

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Years later, it was moved behind City Hall, and it’s not exactly clear what the inspiration behind it was. Locals love the turtle boy figure though—t-shirts have been made, and there’s even a microbrew named after the statue!

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But don’t worry, these towns don’t just build pans—they make huge cherry pies with them. Just to give you an idea, one bakery made a pie that was 28,000 pounds!

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The stick stands in Eveleth, Minnesota, home to hockey players like Doug Palazzari, Sam LoPresti, Mike Karakas, and Wally Grant. The hockey stick is free-standing, and Minnesotans are quite proud of their hockey roots.

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They have a golden hand on top of their steeple with a finger pointing up towards the sky. Supposedly the church’s first minister Dr. Zebulon Butler used to make that gesture during his sermons, and the hand is a tribute to him.

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Located in King City, Missouri, this monument for gas is 21 feet long and is fittingly called, “Big Pump.” This place obviously doesn’t look like a gas station, but we’re wondering if the smaller gas pumps work.

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The Buddhas represent the Noble Eightfold Path which symbolizes the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The belief is that 1000 Buddhas will be born in this age.

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Architect Jim Reinders decided to build a replica in Alliance, Nebraska using cars, called it the Carhenge. The strange project was a tribute to Jim’s father who owned a farm on the land, and 39 cars were used for this tribute.

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One mailbox says Steve Medlin and the other says “alien.” Because of its proximity to Area 51 (a military base with alleged alien sightings), people are fascinated by this mailbox and even camp out there hoping to see an extraterrestrial creature.

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Unfortunately, the mansion was destroyed by a fire in 1962, and this staircase was the only thing that remained.

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You can actually book her for a stay on Airbnb, and it is the only place on Airbnb that is considered a National Historic Landmark.

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The landmark was in honor of Tim McGinn’s father who spent his life growing and selling pistachios in the area. Tourists visit all the time to buy pistachio products and of course to take a photo with the landmark.

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His real name is Robert John Burck, and he’s actually from Ohio. Believe it or not, he ran for mayor in 2009, and former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg mentioned him in the Democratic Party debate in 2020.

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The building was put on the market in 2018, so if you ever wanted to own and maybe even live in a 32-foot building shaped like a chest of drawers with socks hanging out, it can be yours for only $235,000.

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The three figures are 30 feet tall and are standing by a replica of the keelboat they used for their expedition. It’s pretty cool, and you should stop by if you’re traveling through the area.

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You can actually walk inside, and the place has a 30,000 square foot atrium! The Big Basket building will soon become a luxury hotel, so you’ll be able to book a stay at one of the strangest buildings in the United States.

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Architect Randy Elliott designed the bottle and wanted it to fit in the rest of the cool Mom and Pop shops along Route 66.

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It holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest park in the world and is just one tiny green patch with a tree in the center. In 1948, Journalist Dick Fagan asked for it to be listed as a park for humans, but we think it’s more of a park for ants.

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The building got partially ruined in the 1980s, but it was bought by The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor and moved from the Lincoln Highway to the Bedford County Fairgrounds.

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The bug, also known as Nibbles Woodway, is supposedly 928 times bigger than a real termite and is quite well known. It’s been featured on TV shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Family Guy and gets dressed up for holidays like Halloween and Christmas. You can even pick up a stuffed animal version of Nibbles!

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It’s a well-known landmark for anyone driving between North Carolina and Georgia. Although Georgia is known as the Peach State, North Carolina actually grows more peaches, and this tower was built to make that known.

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Built in 1921, 50,0000 tourists visit the venue per year and famous artists have performed there, like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson!

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Today it’s known as the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid and includes a hotel, bowling alley, and an archery range.

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At night, the tower lights up with the colors of the Texas flag, and the people of Paris, Texas are very proud of it.

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Back in the day, cowboys used a cave in the rock for shelter, and in 1945, Leo and Albert Christensen expanded it to make a diner. Today, visitors can take a tour of the 14 room house inside the rock.

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Each cabinet represents each year Bren spent working on the roadway, Southern Connector and it’s still not finished yet. And if that’s not weird enough, people have gathered to worship at the tower.

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The Foamhenge is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and was created by Mark Cline in 2004 as an April Fool’s joke.

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The area had become a place for illegal activities and in 1990. there was a competition held to rehabilitate the spot. The troll sculpture won, and the city hosts a party every year on his birthday called Trolloween!

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Built by artist Bob Roach, 12,000 people come to the festival to see it, and tourists show up to see the monument all year long.

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She’s 16 feet tall and was named by a local first-grader, who won 100 pounds of butter for winning the naming contest. If you visit Chatty Belle, she’ll tell you facts about Wisconsin’s dairy industry.

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The arch was built in 1958, and thousands of people visit the town just to see the magnificent landmark.

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