A Super Place called Metropolis

Metropolis Welcome Sign

This blog entry not only includes a unique name of a town, but is now introducing the second theme of this blog…the big statues and unusual sites along the road.

Metropolis Signs

Metropolis is the home of the Giant Superman Statue – a 200 foot tall statue of the Man of Steel.

Funny thing is, as I drove into this town, the first big statue I saw was in front of a grocery store and was NOT the Giant Superman Statue!!

The town is really all about Superman.

 

 

 

 

The Giant non-Superman Statue – Big John the Grocery Clerk
Giant Superman with not so giant Sumoflam
Flying Superman Statue in Metropolis
Giant Superman Mural with all of the Supermen


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Metropolis, IL

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Ho Ho Ho…Welcome to Santa Claus!

Santa Claus Post Office

OK, you want Christmas year round?  You like looking at jolly old elves in red clothing daily?  Then Santa Claus, Indiana is for you.

Santa Claus Town Hall

According to Wikipedia, Santa Claus was established in 1854. In 1856, when the town (then known as Santa Fe, mispronounced “fee”) was working to establish a Post Office, the US Postal Service refused their first application as there was already another Santa Fe in the state. Several town meetings were held, during which the name Santa Claus was selected.

Santa Claus, Indiana

The town apparently has the world’s only post office to bear the nameof Santa Claus. Because of this popular name, the post office receives thousands of letters to Santa from all over the world each year. A group of volunteers known as “Santa’s Elves” ensures each child receives a reply from Santa Claus; this tradition has been around since at least 1914. Every year, the Post Office also creates a special Christmas hand-cancellation pictorial postmark for use during the month of December, which attracts mail from all over the world.

Santa Claus Christmas Store

Imagine that…a Christmas Store in Santa Claus, Indiana.

Santa Claus Hardware

I wonder if this store sells hardware for the elves….

Santa Claus is also the home to Holiday World Amusement Park.


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Santa Claus, Indiana

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From Earth to Vulcan

Welcome to Vulcan

A couple of days ago I posted an article about Earth, Texas.  Back in 2007 I had occasion to visit a friend of mine in Alberta, Canada.  One of the side trips we tool was to the town of Vulcan, which has taken full advantage of its name and the association with the TV show Star Trek.

Welcome sign in Klingon

Vulcan is a town located midway between the cities of Calgary and Lethbridge inthe prairies of Southern Alberta, Canada.  The population of the town was 1,940 in 2006, and the population of the county, which is also named Vulcan, was 3,718.  According to Wikipedia, “The town was named by a surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1915 after the Roman God of Fire – Vulcan. Originally all the streets of Vulcan were named after gods and goddesses of the classical world such as Juno, Mars and Jupiter.”

Star Trek Wall

There are indications all over the town of Star Trek.  The town took on the Star Trek theme after the great popularity of the TV Show and now has Star Trek visitations all the time, as can be evidenced from their website (linked above).

Vulcan Public Library Sign

There is an Enterprise Restaurant, the visitor’s center is space themed (and you can even buy pointed Spock Vulcan Ears there!!).  They even have a statue of the Starship Enterprise!

Starship Enterpise – Crafty Jack and Sumoflam

As one drives around the town, there are signs for parks, etc., with the Enterprise logo…

Vulcan Iceplex Sign
Vulcan Country Club Sign

All told, Vulcan is a unique and interesting place to visit….

Vulcan Visitor Center
Welcome to Vulcan Plaque


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Vulcan, Alberta, Canada

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