Backroads America: Nevis, Minnesota

65 Foot Tiger Muskie Statue

The king of fish in some Minnesota lakes. Legally, only muskies over 54 inches or longer can be kept. Anything smaller has to be released. The muskellunge, its proper name, is the top predator in Minnesota lakes. It is illusive and a fighter when caught. It is native to many Minnesota lakes though it is also stocked in other lakes because of its popularity with anglers.

Backroads America: Wind in the Corn

Pocahontas, Pocahontas County, Iowa

I took a detour from my destination to check out a couple places in Iowa. Just south of the town of Pocahontas, I saw a huge wind farm with hundreds of turbines planted in corn fields.

My destination was the 25 foot statue of Pocahontas which was erected in 1954 in Pocahontas.

The historical Pocahontas was from Virginia, not Iowa, but the town wanted to honor the figure after which it, and the county, was named.

Pocahontas is in Iowa corn country. You will find quilt squares painted on barns and garages.

The teepee behind the statue is based on a plains Indian dwelling. Pocahontas would not have lived in one.

Backroads America on the Lincoln Highway

Ligonier Beach, in the Allegany Mountains of Pennsylvania

I think Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, with its roadside attractions, picturesque vistas, and quaint towns, evokes the Lincoln Highway experience of old. It also illustrates how communities bypassed by the interstate freeway system and state turnpikes struggle to survive.

Ligonier Beach, opened on July 4, 1925, once a booming playground attracting the likes of Dean Martin to perform, now sits idle. The man-made sand beach is long gone. The pool is dry. No one poses for pictures. The lamdmark closed in 2017 after flood damage because of the prohibitive cost of repairs

I stayed close to the site last night.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Recycle

Baby Buzzard

Baby buzzard, Porter Sculpture Park, Montrose, South Dakota

Creating with castoff metal. See a previous post about the Porter Sculpture Park for information on the artist and the roadside sculpture park, just off of Interstate 90 near Montrose, South Dakota.

Join Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Recycle

SL-Week 8: On the Road

Americana on the Road

You can find some lovely art along American backroads and highways. This is Dolly Dimples outside Valvo’s Candy Store in Silver Creek, New York.  She has apparently been in front of the store for at least 30 years, though she may have originally been part of a drive-in restaurant.  That would make sense based on her outfit and pose.

Yard Art For Sale

Yard Art For Sale

SL Week 8: On the Road

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