Special Report

Strangest Roadside Attraction in Every State

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26. Montana
> Strangest attraction: Talking Penguin Statue
> Year built: 1989
> Location: Glacier Gateway Inn, Cut Bank
> Closest city: Great Falls

Cut Bank, a town of 3,000 considers itself to be the coldest spot in the nation. To back up its claim it has a 27-foot tall talking penguin made from 10,000 pounds of concrete over a metal frame, which talks (when its speaker works), bleating out the slogan, “Welcome to Cut Bank, the Coldest Spot in the Nation!”

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27. Nebraska
> Strangest attraction: Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream exhibit at the Hastings Museum
> Year built: 1927
> Location: Hastings Museum, Hastings
> Closest city: Omaha

Kool-Aid, the flavored powdered drink mix, is the creation of Edward Perkins, who came up with the concoction in his mother’s kitchen. The Hastings Museum’s Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream exhibit explores the life of Perkins, whose other creations included Nix-O-Tine Tobacco Remedy and M, a gasoline additive.

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28. Nevada
> Strangest attraction: Toilet Paper Hero of Hoover Dam
> Year built: 2007
> Location: Nevada Way, Boulder City
> Closest city: Las Vegas

Can you imagine cleaning latrines for 7,000 men in 120 degree heat? That was the inspiration for Steven Liguori for his statue to “Alabam,” who worked at the nearby Hoover Dam construction site. Alabam cleaned the outhouses, an thankless job that Ligouri honored with this statue.

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29. New Hampshire
> Strangest attraction: The Redstone Rocket
> Year built: 1971
> Location: Water St., Warren
> Closest city: Concord

Warren, a small town of less than 1,000 people in the middle of the state, stands out for its 66-foot Redstone rocket shell. This type of rocket was used to launch the first American satellites and astronauts. The Rocket stands upright on top of a cement block in the center of town between the Methodist church and the municipal building.

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30. New Jersey
> Strangest attraction: World’s Largest Light Bulb
> Year built: 1938
> Location: Christie St., Edison
> Closest city: Edison

It shouldn’t be a surprise that atop the Edison Memorial Tower at the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park, named for the man who developed the practical electric light bulb, there’s the world’s largest light bulb. It’s 14 feet tall, weighs eight tons, and crowns the 12-story tower.