Miscellaneous scenes: Fall 2018

We saw too many things on our fall trip to write about them all.  Here is a selection of some that I chose not to write more about.

From Dublin, Ohio:  Are these rabbits dancing because there is gigantic corn in the neighborhood?

Westerville, Ohio the one-time headquarters of the Anti-saloon League, is the home of prohibition.  Now a fountain sculpture has water flowing from a broken barrel down both sides of a wedge dividing the bedrock of the nation.  On one side are very good arguments for prohibition and on the other side very good arguments against it.  The issues aren’t the same, but such a wedge monument seems timely.

Ottawa, Illinois is the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate.  The sign says 10,000 people attended, an amazing figure for an era before amplifiers and loud speakers.

Our motel in Ashland, Wisconsin had an odd offering.

Mercer County, Wisconsin calls itself the “Loon Capital of the World” and has a 16 foot-high one-ton Loon to prove it.

The only gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is in Cloquet, Wisconsin.  Evidently it is what he thought gas stations would look like in the future.

The largest turkey in the world is in Frazee, Minnesota; 22 feet high.




We were lost looking for Teddy Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota when we came across this “man” carrying a bale of hay – perhaps to these lazy sheep.

Click on photos to enlarge.

Date of our visit: various days in September 2018


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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14 Responses to Miscellaneous scenes: Fall 2018

  1. “Complimentary Worms” —
    That’s unique.

    Good photos. Take care.

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  2. I have a black and white photo of the Loyd Wright gas station in an old book of 20th century architecture I grew up with. Looks so different in colour. Loving the “complementary worms” too!

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  3. pvcann says:

    That is one powerful sculpture

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  4. Pit says:

    Very interesting tidbits! 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend,

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  5. Jane Randlett says:

    Love these oh so interesting statues! J

    Sent from my iPhone


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  6. Keith & Loraine Beckman says:

    Those pictures are awesome. I really liked the gas station by Frank Lloyd Wright. It sure fits in to today’s architecture in many places.

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  7. Rosemary Lakin says:

    Fun stuff. Also, Ohio seems to be still divided.

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  8. Dave - Travel Tales of Life says:

    Wow, quite the variety of experiences you had. And these were the ones you didn’t even mention until now. Busy, busy! Love the split barrel sculpture. How appropriate for today!

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  9. I always enjoy roadside attractions, Ray. But that guy carrying the hay bale is the winner! I grew around a few heavy hay bales in my youth, unloading hay trucks, but that bale looks ever so much heavier. –Curt

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    • ralietravels says:

      At 16 on the farm I would take one bale in each hand and throw them up into racks for the cows, but we had little rectangular bales that I doubt weighed a tenth of a modern cylinder. What fascinated me was this guy was in a field on a dirt road miles from even a house.


      • Laughing. I think I would be buying a truck. Even if it was an old, cheap, well-used vehicle. 🙂 Ah, the things we could do when we were kids. I remember loading 50 pound boxes of fruit onto trucks as high as I could reach. Not sure I could have handled two bales of hay, however. –Curt

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  10. It is interesting how much a statue can tell about certain era, person, or tradition. This is a very interesting and informative selection.

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