Special Report

Must-See Roadside Attractions in Every State

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Virginia: Foamhenge

Foamhenge is a full-size replica of Stonehenge created by sculptor Mark Cline, who painstakingly carved each foam block to look exactly like the original and placed it in the same position as in the real Stonehenge. He even ensured that the angles of the stones would be astronomically correct.

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Washington: Wild Horses Monument

This unfinished art installation by David Govedare is called Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies. Currently composed of 15 steel horses along a high ridge, each weighing about 1,000 pounds, the sculpture was initially supposed to include a tipped over 36-foot-tall basket, from which the horses would be emerging. According to the artist, the basket represents Grandfather, the Great Spirit.

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West Virginia: Farnham Fantasy Farm

After moving to West Virginia from Washington D.C. and New York, respectively, George and Pam Farhman began ordering giant collectible statues to decorate their yard with. Their collection includes a 25-foot-tall fiberglass Muffler Man, a Santa Claus, and a man in swim trunks holding a soda.

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Wisconsin: House on the Rock

Originally built in the 1940’s by Alex Jordan as a weekend country home, the House on the Rock has become a sprawling outpost of collections, exhibits, and gardens. Inside are hundreds of mannequin angels suspended from the ceiling, a carousel with 269 animals, and hours worth of other artistically displayed collections curated by Jordan until his death in 1989.

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Wyoming: Ames Brothers Pyramid

The Ames Brothers were two classic swindlers — a railroad president and his congressman brother — who got rich selling shovels to gold-miners, then inflated railroad construction costs to make another $50 million off of taxpayers. In the 1880’s, after their deaths, Union Pacific Railroad built the 60-foot-tall pyramid as a monument to the brothers. Since then, the nearby railroad was pulled up and the pyramid now stands crumbling, miles away from any paved roads.

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