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Tunnel trees had their time & place in the history of our national parks

Tunnel trees are a thing. Created in the 19th and early 20th century to promote parks and inspire tourism. They're good for engagement, but bad for the tree. One of the last known sequoia tunnel trees was recently brought down by a storm in California. A sequoia drive-throughable tunnel log does still exist.
posted by jessamyn on Jan 9, 2017 - 47 comments

Bedrock City in Bad Decline

"What happens when a cultural empire crumbles?"
posted by Iridic on Mar 24, 2016 - 52 comments

"Welcome to a show about things you can see..."

Produced by Kansas City PBS affiliate KCPT, Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations is a TV series spotlighting "outsider artists, grassroots art environments and offbeat attractions of all kinds." [more inside]
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner on Jul 5, 2014 - 6 comments

Disappearing American Landmarks: Roadside Rest Areas

"...Rest stops are vanishing from the landscapes of America. All over the country, rest areas are losing the fight to commercial alternatives: drive-thrus at every exit and mega-sized travel centers offering car washes, wi-fi, grilled paninis and bladder-busting sized fountain drinks. They're on the chopping block for many states, their upkeep giving way with tight highway budgets. Louisiana has closed 24 of its 34 stops, Virginia, 18 of its 42; pretty much every state in the country has reduced its number of rest areas, or at least cut operating hours. And they're not just being closed, they're being demolished. "They're just toilets and tables" you might say. But if you take a closer look, you will see that they are much more. " (Via The Atlantic Cities, which includes an interview with the photographer, Ryann Ford) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 11, 2013 - 110 comments

I'd like it in the form of a toad, please.

Sometimes walls, windows, door and a roof just isn't enough. Why be boxed in by four walls when you can make your home or business look just like your favorite critter? Here's a collection of animal-shaped buildings from around the world, including the trailblazing Lucy the Elephant whose creator got a patent in the 1880s giving him exclusive rights to make animal-shaped buildings up until the turn of the century. [more inside]
posted by julen on Oct 5, 2012 - 12 comments

I for one welcome our ...ah forget it.

John Cerney makes giant plywood people. 5 minute interview.
posted by arse_hat on Sep 29, 2011 - 11 comments

Mmmm .... catfish.

Damn, I likes me some catfish! The Giant Mekong Catfish isn't the only big fish to be found, though. Sadly, the behemoth is facing extinction, largely due to overfishing. Fortunately, some are working on saving the fish. Of course, fish aren't only found in the water.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Aug 26, 2005 - 19 comments

Isn't a miniature version of a large ball of twine just a ball of twine?

World's Largest Collection of World's Smallest Versions of World's Largest Things. If you need that explained, you're in luck. Consider it the ying to this thread's yang.
posted by jon_kill on May 26, 2004 - 8 comments

Road Cheese Hypertour: WI-MN-IA-IL.

Road Cheese Hypertour: WI-MN-IA-IL. One of my favorite Olde Tyme Webe links. Not just because the piece of art I reference in my profile is featured, oh no. We're talking Spam Museum, baby! Anyone seen these things in person? Are they just as frightening, or worse?
posted by hijinx on Apr 16, 2001 - 7 comments

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