A Real Travesty! – Lynn’s Paradise Closing its doors

After 22 years, one of the premier roadside attractions and eateries in the US is closing its doors. I am bewildered and saddened that Lynn’s Paradise Cafe announced this morning that it is closing.

Lynn’s Paradise Closing

I visited there just after Christmas.

20130112-113823.jpg

Another kitschy icon of America is leaving us. Sadness rules!

(387)

If not a glass house, how about a house made out of beer cans?

Beer Can House
Beer Can House

Now this is a unique place to visit in downtown Houston.  A creation of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. This house was started in 1968 by a guy named John Milkovisch (see history of the house).  According to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, over 50,000 beer cans have been used on this house.

Beer Can House Front
Beer Can House Front

He notes on the sign to “Live by the Golden Rule”, but I think he is actually living the “Aluminum Rule”!!

Beer Can House entry
Beer Can House entry
Beer Can House Wall
Beer Can House Wall
Beer Can House Siding
Beer Can House Siding
Beer Can House Garland
Beer Can House Garland
Beer Can House Wall
Beer Can House Wall
Beer Can House
Beer Can House
Beer Can House
Beer Can House
Beer Can House
Beer Can House

For more information got to the Beer Can House website


Beer Can House

(432)

Jackalope Heaven – Douglas, Wyoming

Large Jackalope - Douglas, WY
Large Jackalope – Douglas, WY Railroad Museum

Douglas, Wyoming claims to be the “Official Home of the Jackalope.”  Throughout the west one can find jackalopes in shops and statues of them.  They even have a Jackalope Days in June.

Jackalope Crossing
Jackalope Crossing

According to legendsofamerica.com, “The jackalope is said to be an antlered species of rabbit, sometimes rumored to be extinct. One of the rarest animals in the world, it is a cross etween a now extinct pygmy-deer and a species of killer rabbit. The antlered species of rabbit are brownish in color, weigh between three and five pounds and move with lighting speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

Wyoming Jackalope
Wyoming Jackalope

Apparently the first jackalope was spotted in 1829 near the area of Douglas by explorer John Colter, one of the first white men to venture into what would later become the State of Wyoming.  He was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Colter was also the first known man of European descent to enter into what is now known as Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

Giant Jackalope Statue in Douglas, WY
Giant Jackalope Statue in Douglas, WY

Many believe that the jackalope is really nothing more than a gimmick concocted by a certain Douglas Herrick and his brother Ralph.  In 1939 they were on a hunting trip and returned with a dead jack rabbit.  Ralph threw the rabbit on the floor and it slid right up against a pair of deer antlers. Ralph noted that it looked like a rabbit with horns on it.  Douglas, who was a taxidermist, decided to mount it.  Since that time hundreds have been made and can be seen in shops, taverns and other places, mainly in the western US.  There are post cards in almost every Western state.

Jackalope in Douglas
Jackalope in Douglas

The town of Douglas has four or five large statues, including the 8 foot tall one at the train museum. Besides the Jackalope Days event, the City of Douglas issues Jackalope hunting licenses, but, apparently, you can only get a license if you have an IQ of less than 72 and you can only hunt between midnight and 2 AM on June 31st.

Colorful Jackalope
Colorful Jackalope


Douglas, Wyoming – Jackalope Capital of the World

(1028)