Special Report

Strangest Roadside Attraction in Every State

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36. Oklahoma
> Strangest attraction: Big Beaver Statue
> Year built: 1970
> Location: Beaver
> Closest city: Oklahoma City

Beaver is known for its annual World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest in April. To commemorate the festival, there’s a statue of a big beaver holding a large piece of cow poop. The beaver’s home is a mobile trailer that moves around town at different times of the year. FYI: the record cow chip toss was set in 2015 with one turd flying 188 feet, six inches.

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37. Oregon
> Strangest attraction: World’s First Riding Mechanical Corndog
> Year built: 2016
> Location: S.Highway 101, Rockaway Beach
> Closest city: Salem

The Pronto Pup — a wiener on a wooden skewer that’s dipped in cornmeal batter and deep fried — was created by George Boyington in the 1930s. It’s honored today with a restaurant that is topped with a 30-foot fiberglass corndog as well as a mechanical, rideable corndog out front that’s a quarter for a ride.

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38. Pennsylvania
> Strangest attraction: Haines Shoe House
> Year built: 1948
> Location: Shoe House Road, Hellam Township
> Closest city: York

The Haines Shoe House was built by Colonel Mahlon Nathaniel Haines, the flamboyant “Shoe Wizard” for advertising purposes. It is 25 feet tall and has five stories. The living room is located in the toe, the kitchen is located in the heel, two bedrooms are located in the ankle, and there’s an ice cream shop in the instep.

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39. Rhode Island
> Strangest attraction: Green Animals Topiary Garden
> Year built: 1872
> Location: Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth
> Closest city: Newport

Among the more than 80 pieces of topiary in the Green Animals Topiary Garden are teddy bears, a camel, a giraffe, an ostrich, an elephant, and two bears made from sculptured California privet, yew, and English boxwood. There are also pineapples, a unicorn, a reindeer, a dog, and a horse with his rider. Green Animals is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States.

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40. South Carolina
> Strangest attraction: Mars Bluff Crater
> Year built:1958
> Location: Florence
> Closest city: Fayetteville

On March 11, 1958, a U.S. Air Force plane accidently dropped an unarmed 7,600-pound atomic bomb on this small community. The bomb created a crater 35 feet deep and 70 feet wide. The incident and the crater, which is now overgrown and on private property, are marked by a nearby historical marker.