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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Praying Hands

These massive mitts are made of 30 tons of devotional bronze.
Chelsea, Oklahoma

Totem Pole Park

This historic folk art garden contains a nightmare tower that claims to be the world's largest concrete totem pole.
Arcadia, Oklahoma

Old Route 66 Filling Station

Along the historic Mother Road is an old gas station with a secret counterfeiting past.
Catoosa, Oklahoma

Blue Whale of Catoosa

Nature's biggest mammal swims in landlocked Oklahoma.
Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops

The future of roadside attractions is this sci-fi soda mecca that is home to a 66-foot tall neon pop bottle.
Clinton, Missouri

Tightwad Bank

This small town bank is very aware of its name thank you very much.
St. Louis, Missouri

World's Largest Amoco Sign

This titanic oil company sign is a reminder of the Americana boom of the 70's and also its commoditization.
Eureka, Missouri

Times Beach, Missouri

This former small town was destroyed not by the motor oil it sprayed the ground with but by the toxic waste that was added.
Cuba, Missouri

Former World's Largest Rocking Chair

The world's second largest rocking chair is found on Route 66 in Cuba... Missouri.
Springfield, Missouri

World's Largest Fork

A 35-foot-tall fork stuck in the ground outside an office building in Missouri.
Sullivan, Missouri

Meramec Caverns

400 million-year old limestone caverns nestled in the Ozarks served as shelter and a hideout for cultures throughout North American history.
Port Byron, Illinois

Will B. Rolling Mississippi River Statue

A 30-foot man on a penny-farthing bicycle rides along the banks of the Mississippi.
Casey, Illinois

World Records of Casey, Illinois

The world's largest collection of the world's largest objects is in one small Illinois town.
Louisville, Kentucky

Joe Ley Antiques

A curiosity-seeker's paradise set inside a three-story historic school house.
Hatteras, North Carolina

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

This historic sunny-yellow building has an unfortunate connection to the sinking of the Titanic.
Marietta, Ohio

Ohio River Museum

One of the few places where you can explore a 1918 paddlewheel steamboat from stem to stern.
Williams, Arizona

Sultana Bar

Bootleggers ran booze beneath this building before (and after) Route 66 appeared beside it.
New York, New York

Flying Carpet Over Isfahan

A controversial magical figure is hidden within a diorama of the city.
New York, New York

The Cross at Ground Zero

Pulled from the rubble of one of the worst modern tragedies, a steel crossbeam became a symbol of hope for New Yorkers.
New York, New York

Leopard Society Garb

Recovered suit of a cannibalistic West African gang.
New York, New York

Castle Williams

In its day this historic fort held 100 cannons pointed in almost every direction to protect New York.
Battle Creek, Michigan

The Former Battle Creek Sanitarium

Dating back to the 1800s, two imposing buildings in Michigan have had countless transformations over the years.
New York, New York

Hall of North American Mammals

Outstanding taxidermy dioramas showcase the grandeur of the continent's wildlife with spooky realism.
Detroit, Michigan

St. Joseph Oratory

Once the tallest building in Detroit, this Gothic church houses some of the oldest stained-glass windows in the country.