Thelma and Louise – Hardeeville, South Carolina - Atlas Obscura

Hardeeville, South Carolina

Thelma and Louise

A pink and gray pair of pachyderms advertise a fireworks shop. 

Driving along the highways of the southeast, all the souvenir shops, truck stops, and fireworks stands you see will start to blend together. Outside Hardeeville, South Carolina though, you might do a double take for two life-sized elephants outside Papa Joe’s Fireworks.

They are nicknamed Thelma and Louise and they’re a well known landmark on US 17. Papa Joe himself purchased the pair in Alabama and had them shipped all the way to South Carolina. The two matching elephants, one pink, the other gray, regularly receive new coats of paint so they can beckon road trippers to Papa Joe’s wares. 

Know Before You Go

Take exit 5 off I-95 to Route 17 South.

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