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Jeffrey City, Wyoming

Jeffrey City Ghost Town

This mining town boomed in the Atomic Age when uranium was gold, only to be abandoned when the industry collapsed.
42.4947, -107.8273
Moab, Utah

Hole n' the Rock

A house carved into a rock in the 1940s.
38.4997, -109.4751
Sculpture of Mike the Headless Chicken.
Fruita, Colorado

'Mike the Headless Chicken' Sculpture

It would be easy to walk past this unusual piece of art and have no idea it pays tribute to the odd life of a real chicken.
39.1587, -108.7326
Crystal River and Penny Hot Springs.
Carbondale, Colorado

Penny Hot Springs

A little-known hot spring haven right below the highway.
39.2318, -107.2272
Ute Council Tree.
Delta, Colorado

Ute Council Tree

The giant stump of the once towering cottonwood where local Ute Indians held tribal meetings.
38.7548, -108.0738
The Hippie Memorial
Arcola, Illinois

Hippie Memorial

This folk art wall claims to be the world's one and only memorial to the bygone age of hippies.
39.6867, -88.3078
Two-Story Outhouse
Gays, Illinois

Two-Story Outhouse

This historic lavatory leftover features two levels of defecation stations completely without context.
39.4601, -88.4961
Illinois' Original Burger King from streetside
Mattoon, Illinois

Illinois’ Original Burger King

The multinational Burger King chain is banned from operating within 20 miles of a family restaurant filed under the same name.
39.4819, -88.3731
The world's fastest pop machine.
Lerna, Illinois

World's Fastest Pop Machine

The 40-year-old machine serves soda quicker than you can catch it for a mere 75 cents a pop.
39.4179, -88.2890
Trail Through an Aspen Grove
Buena Vista, Colorado

Mount Elbert

The highest point in Colorado is a dangerous mix of lightning, jealousy, and thin air.
39.1178, -106.4453
A close-up of the plaque on the historical marker with a plush duck. (Wikimedia Commons)
Lebanon, Kansas

Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States

Small plaque marks the spot, but the true center is located about half a mile away on a private pig farm.
39.8282, -98.5696
Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch

A sculpture made of ten cadillacs as a monument to the "Golden Age" of the American automobile.
35.1872, -101.9871
A two-headed calf leers from the wall of the museum.
Oakley, Kansas

Prairie Dog Town

Home of mutant livestock.
39.1884, -100.8698
World's Tallest Man Statue
Alton, Illinois

World's Tallest Man Statue

This life-size bronze statue remembers the tallest recorded human in his Illinois hometown.
38.9035, -90.1450
The illusive (and mythical) Piasa Bird
Alton, Illinois

Piasa Bird

A mythical bird etched into the face of a rock doubles as the mascot for a nearby school.
38.8982, -90.1991
Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Alto Pass, Illinois

Bald Knob Cross of Peace

Even with its slightly risible name this colossal cross is still able to inspire awe.
37.5517, -89.3462
Cave-In-Rock
Cave-In-Rock, Illinois

Cave-In-Rock

River pirates, murderous bandits, and serial killers used this Illinois cave as their debauched hideout.
37.4686, -88.1558
New Harmony Labyrinth. (Creative Commons)
New Harmony, Indiana

New Harmony Labyrinth

Symbolic attempt to overcome the issues of life.
38.1224, -87.9359
Some call this the rose. It shelters the Lipchitz sculpture.
New Harmony, Indiana

The Roofless Church

This open air cathedral invites all faiths to worship under the only roof big enough to fit them all: the sky.
38.1314, -87.9350
Albino Squirrels of Olney, Illinois
Olney, Illinois

Albino Squirrels of Olney, Illinois

The mysterious white squirrels of this Illinois city are treated like sacred cows.
38.7309, -88.0853
World's Largest Cross.
Effingham, Illinois

America's Largest Cross

Known as the "Cross At The Crossroads," this massive metal crucifix is just short enough to avoid the FAA.
39.0951, -88.5665
Charleston, Illinois

Airtight Bridge

The legacy of an unsolved, gruesome murder rests beneath the spans of this historic bridge.
39.5549, -88.0895
Buggy rides at Rockome Gardens (Flickr/Пероша)
Arcola, Illinois

Rockome Gardens - An Amish Themepark

You were once able to challenge a chicken to tic-tac-toe at this park, which is now converted into the Aikman Wildlife Adventure.
39.6709, -88.3905
Railsplitter Covered Wagon
Lincoln, Illinois

Railsplitter Covered Wagon

The world's largest covered wagon is piloted by a giant Lincoln lawyer.
40.1469, -89.3874