Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Follies: America’s Strangest Roadside Attractions

Lucy the Elephant in New Jersey.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing (and exploring) 28 of the 29 roadside attractions featured here.

Here’s the one attraction I somehow managed to miss:

Lucy the Elephant, Margate, NJ

“Lucy the Elephant’s original role, back in 1882, was to sell real estate. In fact, she’s the first example of zoomorphic architecture in the U.S. and has the patent to prove it. Located in Margate, NJ, this much-loved roadside folly is artfully crafted from wood and tin and has proved far more versatile than her creator imagined. At 65 feet tall, and housing a spacious hall, Lucy has at various times served as a bar, an office, and a summer home.” —Adam McCulloch


Traci said...

That's funny, because Lucy is the only one on this list that we HAVE seen! But my family has seen a lot of other roadside attractions like these! We have a blog,“Go BIG or Go Home,” which chronicles what happens when our small-town family visits the “world’s largest”…whatever!

Dave said...

Thanks for stopping by Traci.

I went to your blog and really enjoyed it! It's great Americana.

I'll be back...thanks for the link.