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Cowboy statue at West end of West Wendover, Nevada.

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Here's more jackalopes, these ones in Dubois, WY. A store there has prolific supplies of the creatures for sale or display.

Heres a "two-fer" - a large jackalope gazes across the highway while an ice-cream cone looks down on him from the background....

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Here's a patriotic beast ready to ride....

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A couple of the odder members of the jackalope order.

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In Dubois there was a gathering in the park of people who dealt in horns and antlers.

An unusual desert ecosystem:

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Skull's attached to this one.... and they're overflowing the truck...

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A wheelbarrow-load of moose antlers:

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Driving through the Thunder Basin National Grasslands, one comes to this road:

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Douglas, Wyoming is where the jackalope idea got started.

In the middle of town is a statue of the critter:

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We arrived at the KOA campground and, lo! There was another jackalope on a flatbed. Later on we saw a real antelope sauntering nonchalantly through the campground.

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Even benches in the town are decorated with the jackalope:

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More of the jackalope at these sites:
Douglas Chamber of Commerce
Wikipedia
Pet care tips

Leave the I-80 freeway and drive out a dirt road into the desert. Presently you see this ahead:

A pyramid built as a memorial to the Ames Brothers (not the singing group from the 40s - these were people involved in financing construction of the transcontinental railroad.)

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The plaque on this pyramid, featuring an Ames brother, was designed by the artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

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Once there was a town, Sherman, WY, there. Now there is only the desert in this view from the base of the pyramid.

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A few miles away, along the freeway, is this statue of Abraham Lincoln. He doesn't look too happy to be bricked up....

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Links: Roadside America on the pyramid
Wyoming State Preservation Office
Roadside America's Lincoln statue page

Here in a park in Cheyenne is an arch made of horseshoes.


Close-up of part of the arch

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And the whole arch:

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The train somewhat visible under the arch (below left) and in the photo below right is UP Steam Engine No. 1242 - the oldest coal-burning steam engine in Wyoming. Built in Dec. 1890 in Paterson, NJ, it was used in Wyoming from 1921 to 1954.

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These are on the grounds of the Cheyenne Botanical Gardens

Got this jar in a grocery store in Aurora, Colorado. One of the stranger food items. They are crisp and crunchy - not a lot of flavor. You'd hardly know you were eating okra....

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A blog from Malaysia on okra chips.

This colorful creature is standing in a park near the post office in Woodward, Oklahoma.

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More on this buffalo , and on the Spirit of the Buffalo art project.

Here's what you see as you drive into Utopia:

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Oops - a disappointment for speeders - there's traffic laws in Utopia....

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Kids hafta go to school even in Utopia..... And here they're the Buffalos.

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If you're feeling a bit dystopic you can go here:

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No worries in Utopia - your money is insured by the FDIC!

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This Utopia is a small town in Uvalde County, in South Texas' Hill Country.

A history of Utopia

Wikipedia's article on Utopia

The ancient English monument of Stonehenge has been copied in various parts of the world (for example, Washington, New Zealand, Missouri) and out of various materials (styrofoam, refrigerators, cars, even straw...) This one in Hunt, TX, a short distance west of Kerrville, is made from concrete and steel. It is guarded from a distance on two sides by copies of Easter Island ''Moai,'' or large stone heads.

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And the Easter Island statues....

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Links:
* Wikipedia on Stonehenge
* Wikipedia on Stonehenge copies.
* Stonehenge copies
* Stonehenge II in Hunt, TX
* Article about "Fridgehenge"
* and Carhenge

These legs are another of Stanley Marsh's doing, along with the Cadillac Farm and the Dynamite Museum. This creation is in a field on the east side of the freeway south of Amarillo.

The text on the monument reads:

"In 1819, while on their horseback trek over the Great Plains of New Spain, Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary Wollstonecraft (author of "Frankenstein"), came across these ruins. Here Shelley penned these immortal lines:

Ozymandias
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well its passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed
And on the pedestal these words appear:

"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"

Nothing beside remains around the decay,
Of that colossal wreck. Boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

The monument then goes on to explain that the visage of Ozymandias was destroyed by students from Lubbock after losing a football game.

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Where but Texas would you find - Bushland.....

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The "Cadillac Farm" in Amarillo, Texas, is well-known - a half-dozen Cadillacs stuck in the ground nose-first. The man responsible for this, Stanley Marsh, had several other projects. The Dynamite Museum consists of fake street signs scattered around Amarillo. Here's a few:

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Hobson's choice - I guess it's bust!

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Something that someone didn't like about this highway route number.... Well, no matter, they've changed it now....

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Creatures made of metal are right across the highway from the post office in Hanksville.

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This blog is just going to be some quirky things I see that strike my fancy. I have a few pictures and will post more as I accumulate them.

Here are links to my other blogs:

Middlekorea
http://middlekorea.livejournal.com

Wild Korea
http://blogs.bootsnall.com/skookum/

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