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Woodland Palace
Kewanee, Illinois

Woodland Palace

The dream home of an iconoclastic renaissance man still stands as a monument to his domestically mundane vision.
41.2783, -89.8606
The Eternal Indian
Oregon, Illinois

The Eternal Indian

This monolithic statue was erected in honor of Chief Black Hawk even if it was not made to look like him.
42.0135, -89.3317
Monks Mound at Cahokia.
Collinsville, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Once one of the world's great cities, Cahokia was a place of religious worship, trade and mass human sacrifice before being mysteriously abandoned.
38.6570, -90.0587
Fish Ladder Park
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Fish Ladder Park

An angular maze of concrete in Grand Rapids acts both as public art and as a staircase for fish traveling upstream.
42.9747, -85.6764
Allen Park, Michigan

Uniroyal Giant Tire

The 80 foot tire which looms over Michigan's I-94 was once a Ferris wheel in the New York World Fair.
42.2706, -83.2091
Kitch-iti-kipi viewing raft. (Wikimedia Commons)
Manistique, Michigan

Kitch-iti-kipi

Freshwater spring fills with 10,000 gallons per minute.
46.0042, -86.3820
Wizard Quest
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wizard Quest

A theme park attraction designed to turn your children into LARPers.
43.6277, -89.7767
The Dickeyville Grotto: full of incredible detail and ingenious designs
Dickeyville, Wisconsin

The Dickeyville Grotto

A tribute to the twin ideals of religion and patriotism, built by a Catholic priest from rocks, glass, and innumerable found items.
42.6291, -90.5908
Fenelon Place Elevator
Dubuque, Iowa

Fenelon Place Elevator

For just a few bucks this Iowa funicular will let you feel like a 1800s fat cat.
42.4963, -90.6694
American Gothic House.
Eldon, Iowa

American Gothic House

Home with Gothic windows featured in a famous painting.
40.9211, -92.2140
Snake Alley
Burlington, Iowa

Snake Alley

While there are no actual snakes in the history of this crooked road, there may be a number of dead horses.
40.8134, -91.1110
The King Neptune Memorial
Anna, Illinois

King Neptune Memorial

This simple gravestone remembers a pig who single-hoofedly raised $19,000,000 for the Navy.
37.4660, -89.1326
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
Batavia, Illinois

Fabyan Windmill

Arguably the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States, rivaling its counterparts in the Netherlands.
41.8770, -88.3035
Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park
Carbondale, Illinois

Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park

In the loving memory of a tragically deceased role-player this Illinois park is decked out with both dungeons and dragons.
37.6877, -89.1760
Gemini Giant
Wilmington, Illinois

Gemini Giant

This historic Illinois "Muffler Man" has been converted from axe-touting lumberjack to rocket-wielding space ace.
41.3106, -88.1386
The true-to-size statue of Robert Wadlow.
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
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
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
Paul Bunyon
Atlanta, Illinois

Paul Bunyon

While he no longer has an eatery to give him context, this off-brand Paul Bunyan still holds his giant hot dog with pride.
40.2452, -89.2657
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
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
The entirety of the front yard of Jack Barker's workshop. (Anne Remy/Atlas Obscura)
Essex, Illinois

Jack Barker's Metal Art Sculpture Garden

Moving, mind-blowing metal sculpture work of an outsider artist.
41.1811, -88.1859
Monticello, Illinois

Robert Allerton Park

The park that the Chicago Stockyards built.
40.0278, -88.5734