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Roadside Attraction
A roadside attraction is a feature along the side of a road meant to attract tourists. In general, these are places one might stop on the way to somewhere, rather than actually being a destination. They are frequently advertised with billboard (advertising), billboards. The modern tourist-oriented highway attraction originated as a United States, U.S. and Western Canada, Western Canadian phenomenon in the 1940s to 1960s, and subsequently caught on in Australia. History When long-distance road travel became practical and popular in the 1920s, entrepreneurs began building restaurants, motels, coffee shops, cafes and more unusual businesses to attract travelers. Many of the buildings were attractions in themselves in the form of novelty architecture, depicting common objects of enormous size, typically relating to the items sold there. Some other types of roadside attractions include monuments and fictionalised-paranormal/illusionary amusements such as the Mystery Spot near Santa Cruz ...
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Drumheller & The Tyrell Museum (7897901734)
Drumheller is a town on the Red Deer River The Red Deer River is a river in Alberta ("Strong and free") , image_map = Alberta in Canada 2.svg , Label_map = yes , coordinates = , official_lang = English , capital ... in the badlands Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively Erosion, eroded by wind and water."Badlands" in ''Chambers's Encyclopædia''. London: George Newnes Ltd, George Newnes, 1961, Vol. 2, p. ... of east-central Alberta, Canada. It is northeast of Calgary Calgary Calgary ( ) is a city in the western Canadian province The provinces and territories of Canada are sub-national divisions within the geographical areas of Canada Canada is a country in the northern part of North America ... and south of Stettler. The Drumheller portion of the Red Deer River valley, often referred to as Dinosaur V ...
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Jolly Green Giant
Green Giant and Le Sueur (spelled Le Sieur in Canada) are brands of frozen and canned vegetables owned by B&G Foods. The company's mascot is the Jolly Green Giant. Company and brand history The Minnesota Valley Canning Company was founded in 1903 in Le Sueur, Minnesota. It used the brand name "Le Sueur Z" for canned vegetables starting in 1903; "Le Sueur" by itself was first used in 1933.Record in Trademark Electronic Search System, U.S. Patent and Trademark Officsearch at USPTO/ref> The brand "Green Giant Great Big Tender Peas" was first used in 1925, and the figure of a giant was introduced three years later by Carly Stanek (Bingum). The brand was created in response to the discovery of a new variety of pea, the Prince of Wales; they were "oblong, wrinkled, and, as peas go, huge. Despite their size, they were tender, and had a special flavor and sweetness that couldn't be matched. The company went to the brands for which it canned and found that none of them wanted to sell t ...
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What Were They Thinking?
''What Were They Thinking?'' is a Canadian documentary television series, which debuted in 2005 on The Comedy Network. Hosted by Sean Cullen, the series profiled the various quirky roadside attractions that towns and cities have erected in their quest to attract notice by building the "world's biggest" example of some random, often ridiculous, thing. Cullen won a Gemini Award for best host in a lifestyle, practical information or performing arts program at the 21st Gemini Awards in 2006.Alex Strachan, "One-time 'Kid in the Hall' wins two Geminis". ''Regina Leader-Post'', October 19, 2006. References External links Official website
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Wall Drug
Wall Drug Store, often called simply Wall Drug, is a roadside attraction A roadside attraction is a feature along the side of a road meant to attract tourist at the archaeological site of Chichén Itza. in Vienna en, Viennese , iso_code = AT-9 , registration_plate = V ... and tourist stop located in the town of Wall, South Dakota Wall ( Lakota: ''Makȟóšiča Aglágla Otȟuŋwahe'', "Town alongside the Badlands in southern Utah Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water."Badland ..., adjacent to Badlands National Park Badlands National Park ( lkt, Makȟóšiča) is an American national park located in southwestern South Dakota. The park protects of sharply Erosion, eroded buttes and Pinnacle (geology), pinnacles, along with the largest undisturbed mixed grass .... Wall Drug consists of a collection of cowboy-themed stores, includ ...
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Tourist Trap
A tourist trap is an establishment (or group of establishments) that has been created or re-purposed with the aim of attracting tourists at the archaeological site of Chichén Itza. in Vienna. Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring (other), touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and th ... and their money. Tourist traps will typically provide overpriced services, entertainment, food, souvenirs and other products for tourists to purchase. Tourist trap derives from the information asymmetry In contract theory In economics, contract theory studies how economic actors can and do construct contractual arrangements, generally in the presence of information asymmetry. Because of its connections with both agency (law), agency and incentive ... between tourists and the market. While some establishments may be viewed by tourists as fun and interesting diversions, tourist traps can als ...
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Roadside America (other)
Roadside America may refer to: * Roadside America, an indoor miniature village and railway in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania created by Laurence Gieringer in 1935 * ''Roadside America'', a travel book series by American author Doug Kirby See also

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Novelty Architecture
Novelty architecture, also called programmatic or mimetic architecture, is a type of architecture in which buildings and other structures are given unusual shapes for purposes such as advertising or to copy other famous buildings without any intention of being authentic. Their size and novelty means that they often serve as landmarks. They are distinct from Folly, architectural follies, in that novelty architecture is essentially usable buildings in eccentric form whereas follies are non-usable, ornamental buildings often in eccentric form. Although earlier examples exist, such as the planned but never completed Parisian Elephant of the Bastille, the style generally became popular in the United States and spread to the rest of the world as travel by automobile increased in the 1930s. The Statue of Liberty in New York is a replica structure that is part sculpture and part monument, which like many subsequent examples of novelty architecture, has an accessible interior and became ...
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List Of Largest Roadside Attractions
This is a list of verifiable roadside attractions. Items can claim to be the largest, longest, highest, or anything that makes them notable. Asia Thailand * Great Buddha of Thailand Europe England * World's largest Disco ball France * Woinic the World's Largest Boar, autoroute A34 near Saulces-aux-Tournelles, France. Coordinates: North America Canada Alberta *World's Largest Badminton Racket, St. Albert, Alberta *World's Largest Beaver, Beaverlodge, Alberta *World's Largest Chess Set, Medicine Hat, Alberta *World's Largest Chuckwagon, Dewberry, Alberta * World's Largest Dinosaur, Drumheller, Alberta *World's Largest Honey Bee, Falher, Alberta *World's Largest Mallard Duck, Andrew, Alberta *World's Largest Mushroom Sculpture, Vilna, Alberta *World's Largest Oil Derrick, Redwater, Alberta *Vegreville egg, World's Largest Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg), Vegreville, Alberta *World’s Largest Golf Tee, Trochu, Alberta *World's Largest Kubasa, Mundare, Alberta *World's Large ...
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John Margolies
John Samuel Margolies (May 16, 1940 – May 26, 2016) was an architectural critic, photographer, and author who was noted for celebrating vernacular architecture, vernacular and novelty architecture in the United States, particularly those designed as roadside attractions. Starting from the mid-1970s, he began to photograph sites during long road trips, since he was concerned these sites would be displaced by the growing modern architecture, modernist trend. He was credited with shaping postmodern architecture and recognizing buildings that would be added to the National Register of Historic Places through his documentary work. Starting in 2007, the Library of Congress began to acquire his photographs, and created the public domain John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive in 2016, consisting of 11,710 scans of color slides taken by Margolies. Early life John Samuel Margolies was born on May 16, 1940 in New Canaan, Connecticut, the son of Asher and Ethel (née Polacheck ...
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Giants Of The Prairies
"Giants of the Prairies" is a song by the Canadians, Canadian polka band the Kubasonics. It tells the story of the numerous "world's biggest" roadside attractions to be found in Western Canada, especially in small towns populated mostly by Ukrainian Canadians. Brian Cherwick, the leader of the Kubasonics, has a Ph.D. from the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies at the University of Alberta, titled "Polkas on the Prairies: Ukrainian Music and the Construction of Identity". List of giant roadside attractions in the Prairies References * {{Cite web , url= http://www1.travelalberta.com/en-north/index.cfm?pageid=423 , title= Unusual Attractions , author= Travel Alberta , access-date= 2007-02-22 , archive-url= https://web.archive.org/web/20070805083523/http://www1.travelalberta.com/en-north/index.cfm?pageid=423 , archive-date= 2007-08-05 , url-status= dead Big ThingsAlberta Big TourWorld's Largest and Large Things Google map Canada's Largest Baseball Glove
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Enchanted Highway
The Enchanted Highway is a collection of the world's largest scrap metal sculptures constructed at intervals along a stretch of two-lane highway in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of North Dakota. Description The road has no highway number, although its northern portion is th Avenue SW (counting from Bismarck, ND, which is to the east). The Enchanted Highway extends north from Regent, North Dakota, Regent to the Gladstone, North Dakota, Gladstone exit on Interstate 94 in North Dakota, Interstate 94 east of Dickinson, North Dakota, Dickinson. Each sculpture has a developed pull-out and several have picnic shelters; the highway passes through scenic farm country with intermittent buttes. ''Geese in Flight'' is visible from I-94, standing 110 feet tall and 150 feet wide. In 2002, it was recognized as the world's largest scrap metal sculpture by the ''Guinness World Records, Guinness Book of World Records''. History Local artist Gary Greff conceived of the project and beg ...
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Australia's Big Things
The big things of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures, some of which are novelty architecture and some are sculptures. There are estimated to be over 150 such objects around the country. There are big things in every state and territory in Australia (continent), continental Australia. Most big things began as tourist traps found along major roads between destinations. The big things have become something of a Cult following, cult phenomenon, and are sometimes used as an excuse for a road trip, where many or all big things are visited and used as a backdrop to a group photograph. Many of the big things are considered works of folk art and have been heritage-listed, though others have come under threat of demolition. List of big things (by state or territory) Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia In popular culture *The London production of ''Priscilla ...
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