American Rugged Individuals Who Made A Difference by Creating Roadside Attractions
by Jeffrey Sward
 
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Motivation

Who

What

artisan

Al Shepperd

Stonehenge II, Hunt, Texas.  Just as unusual as original. 

artisan

Albert Christensen

Hole in the Rock, Moab, Utah.  At home inside a mountain. 

artisan

Baldassare Forestiere

Forestiere's Underground Gardens, Fresno, California.  Down under. 

artisan

Bernard Langlais

Skowhegan Indian, Skowhegan, Maine. 

artisan

Cameron Cross

Van Gogh Sunflower Painting, Goodland, Kansas.  Sunflower Capital of the High Plains. 

artisan

Claude Bell

Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California. 

artisan

Ed Galloway

Totem Poles, Foyil, Oklahoma. 

artisan

Ed Leedskalnin

Coral Castle, Homestead, Florida.  Furniture suite carved from solid coral. 

artisan

Elise and Albert Quigley

Quigley's Castle, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Ozarks' Strangest Dwelling

artisan

Emmet Sullivan

Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  340 tons of concrete. 

artisan

Ernest Mooney Warther

Warther's Carving Museum, Dover, Ohio.  Ask about the pliers. 

artisan

Frances Glessner Lee

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Frances Glessner Lee, Baltimore, Maryland.  When dolls go bad. 

artisan

Francis John Moshinskie

Tiny Town, Hot Springs, Arkansas.  No kits. 

artisan

Frank Stoeber

Ball of Twine, Cawker City, Kansas.  In its 50th.  year and still growing. 

artisan

Frank Van Zant

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay, Nevada.  The Place Rolling Mountain Thunder built. 

artisan

Gutzon Borglum

Mount Rushmore National Monument, Keystone, South Dakota. 

artisan

Hugh Davis

Blue Whale, Catoosa, Oklahoma.  Anniversary Gift. 

artisan

Ira PH Poon

Forbidden Gardens, Katy Texas.  Everyone should have a terra cotta army. 

artisan

Jim Reinders

Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska.  Stonehenge meets Detroit. 

artisan

John Zweifel

House of Presidents Wax Museum, Clermont, Florida.  World's largest dollhouse. 

artisan

Korczak Ziolkowski

Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer, South Dakota.  Under construction. 

artisan

Laurence Gieringer

Roadside America Miniature Village, Shartlesville, Pennsylvania. 

artisan

Leonard Knight

Salvation Mountain, Niland, California.  Hello.  Make yourself at home. 

artisan

Samuel Perry Dinsmoor

Garden of Eden, Lucas, Kansas.  Read it, stop, or go on, just as you please. 

collector

Alan Rothschild

Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum, Cazenovia, New York. Preserve our national historic treasures.

collector

Alex Jordan

House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin. The ultimate collection of collections plus the infinity room.

collector

Barney Smith

Barney Smith Toilet Seat Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas. Set a spell.

collector

Barry Levenson

Mustard Museum, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. The bottom line: we know mustard.

collector

Bill Shea

Shea's Gas Station Museum, Springfield, Illinois. Fill 'er up.

collector

Bob McCoy

Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Quack central.

collector

Cathee Shultz and JD Healy

Museum of Death, Hollywood, California. Art work by serial killers?

collector

Charles Manoog

American Sanitary Plumbing Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts.

collector

Charles Walker

International Checker Hall of Fame, Petal, Mississippi. Blame King Tut.

collector

Electra Havemeyer Webb

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont. Paintings, Folk Art, Historic Houses, Quilts, Decoys, Carriages, Tools, Toys, Dolls, Dollhouses, Native American Artifacts, Miniature Circus Figures and Circus Posters.

collector

ER Fenimore Johnson

Johnson Victrola Museum, Dover, Delaware. His master's voice.

collector

Georgia Allen Woodall

Lunchbox Museum, Columbus, Georgia. Take a trip back in time.

collector

Glenn Johansen

Museum of Dirt, Boston, Massachusetts. One scoop at a time.

collector

Henry C Mercer

Mercer Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Gadgets.

collector

J.M. Davis

J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum, Claremore, Oklahoma. 13,000 firearms. 1200 beer steins.

collector

James F W May

May Natural History Museum, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tropical insects.

collector

J.B. Nethercutt

Nethercutt Museum, Sylmar, California. Functional fine art. Automobiles, mechanical musical instruments, and antique furniture. Merle Norman Cosmetics magnate. 

collector

Jennie Lee

Exotic World, Helendale, California. Burlesque Museum.

collector

Larry Ross

Lindbergh Crate Museum, Canaan, Maine. Return trip of the Spirit of St. Louis.

collector

LH Buddy Hough

Tragedy in U.S. History Museum, St. Augustine, Florida. Artifacts from the demise of the rich and famous.

collector

Louis Toavs

Louis Toavs John Deere Tractor Museum, Wolf Point, Montana. From 1916 in chronological order.

collector

Margaret Woodbury Strong

Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, New York. The National Toy Hall of Fame.

collector

Marvin Yagoda

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Most magnificent.

collector

Michael Bohdan

Cockroach Hall of Fame, Plano, Texas. Cockroaches that will put a smile on your face.

collector

Pat and Louise Mesa

Frog Fantasies Museum, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

collector

Robert Knapp

Deer Park Winery and Automobile Museum, Escondido, California. World's largest collection of American convertibles manufactured since 1946.

collector

Terry Cannon

Baseball Reliquary, Monrovia, California. Rebels, rascals, and reprobates.

collector

Tod Swormstedt

American Sign Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio.  A sign of our times. 

collector

Tom Bates

Museum of Beverage Containers and Advertising, Goodlettsville and Millersville, Tennessee.

collector

Walden Roush

West Virginia State Farm Museum, Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  Tractors, not insurance. 

collector

Warren Fuller

Warren Fuller Breweriana Collection, D'Iberville, Mississippi. 

collector

William Randolph Hearst

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California.  Anything from Europe. 

entrepreneur

Al Schafer

Pedro's South of the Border, Mexican Restaurant, Dillon, South Carolina.  The sombrero tower. 

entrepreneur

Alex Madonna

Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, California.  No two rooms alike. 

entrepreneur

Bill Moon

Trucking Hall of Fame, Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Walcott, Iowa.  World's largest truck stop. 

entrepreneur

Bill Waugh

Casa Bonita, Mexican restaurant, Denver, Colorado.  Indoor cliff divers. 

entrepreneur

Bob Katz

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wisconsin.  The Shrine to Anglers. 

entrepreneur

David DeLorme

Revolving and Rotating Globe, DeLorme Headquarters, Yarmouth, Maine.  Eartha.  41 feet one 1/2 inches. 

entrepreneur

David Wilson

Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, California.  A chain of flowers into the mysteries of life. 

entrepreneur

Dick and Julie Pope

Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven, Florida.  Water ski shows, Southern belles, and living fountain statue. 

entrepreneur

Don Quinn

Don Q Fantasuites, Dodgeville, Wisconsin.  Themed motel rooms. 

entrepreneur

Fran Tate

Pepe's North of the Border, Mexican restaurant.  Barrow, Alaska. 

entrepreneur

Frank Redford

Wigwam Motel, Rialto, California.  Cave City, Kentucky.  Holbrook, Arizona.

entrepreneur

J. Norman Martin

Paul Bunyan Birthplace and Statue, Bangor, Maine. 

entrepreneur

Jeff McKissack

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, Houston, Texas.  A clown among uniformed mannequins. 

entrepreneur

Jim Taylor

Jack Rabbit Trading Post Joseph City, Arizona. Here It Is.  World's most famous Stop-N-Go market

entrepreneur

John Geske

Dixie Truck Stop, McLean, Illinois.  Route 66 Hall of Fame. 

entrepreneur

Newton Perry

Weeki Wachee, Weeki Wachee, Florida.  Live mermaids.  Where fantasy comes to life. 

entrepreneur

R.J. Bob Lee

Big Texan Steak Ranch Restaurant, Amarillo, Texas. Home of the free 72 oz. steak dinner.

entrepreneur

Ralph Wilson Sr

Wilson House of Laminates, Temple, Texas.  If it doesn't move, laminate it. 

entrepreneur

Ron Lee

Ron Lee's World of Clowns Factory Tour, Henderson, Nevada.  Home of Hobo Joe. 

entrepreneur

Stanley Marsh

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas.  Half-buried Cadillacs. 

entrepreneur

Sunny Yang

Florida Splendid China, Kissimmee, Florida.  Miniature great wall. 

entrepreneur

Ted Hustead

Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota.  Free ice water. 

entrepreneur

Thomas Binkley Prince

Thing, The, Between Benson and Willcox, Arizona.  Tortured statues. 

entrepreneur

Will Herron

Thermometer, Baker, California. 

 
 

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