It is a challenge to find signs and places that begin with Q. This post only has one. So, for fun, I am also adding a Quirky Quickies section to the post…a number of quirky or otherwise interesting photos from the road that didn’t really fit into any of my other A to Z Challenge posts. It will be a quick read with quaint and quirky and maybe even quizzical signs. I hope they quench your travel fancy. Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride.
The Queen City, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati is a beautiful city. I really love taking trips up to this beautiful city on the Ohio River. The city has been nicknamed The Queen City and the Queen of the West since around 1820, only a few short years after the city was incorporated in 1802 (the city was first settled in the 1780s). One possible birth of this nickname likely came from writer Ed B. Cooke of the (then) Inquisitor and Cincinnati Advertiser wherein he wrote in the May 4, 1819 edition of the paper:
“The City is, indeed, justly styled the fair Queen of the West: distinguished for order, enterprise, public spirit, and liberality, she stands the wonder of an admiring world.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow also mentioned it in his poem Catawba.
Quirky and Quick Signs From the Road
A fun little view of some of the more offbeat things I see while on the road
Like what you see? Well, there is lots more! I currently have two books about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips. You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!
(Editor’s Note: For my 2019 posts, I will be posting photos from my travels in 2018. I visited 26 states and drive over 13,000 miles in 2018. These posts will feature of few of the road signs and business signs I came across, as well as some stories behind them. Enjoy the Read and Enjoy the Ride!)
One of the challenges of doing the Bloggers A to Z Challenge is coming up with a reasonable theme. As a traveler, I can actually think of numerous themes, but the signs from my 2018 travels seemed like an adventurous way to go this time around. Here are some C signs I came across in my road trips across America in 2018.
While looking at my map and planning a return trip home from Keller, Texas, I saw the name Cloudy on a map of Oklahoma. Always on the lookout for unique place names, I added this one to my route. The small community is located in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, northeast of Antlers and Rattan. It is actually down a narrow and windy, and oftimes bumpy road…called Cloudy Road, which is accessible from Rattan on Oklahoma Hwy 3. Turned out to be a cloudy day (I was hoping for some sunshine in Cloudy). And, I had to take the same road back to Rattan. A long, but fun detour!!
Cutter’s Barber Shop, Olympia, Washington
OK, we have all seen the “Curl Up and Dye” or other unique barber shop names. But, the owner of this place is really named Cutter! The name matches the job. Cutter’s Barber Shop is located in downtown Olympia, Washington. Cutter is a second generation barber. And no, I did not stop in for a haircut. I had a breakfast appointment at the Spar Cafe down the street.
Cavenaugh Park, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Traveling across the United States, it is not rare to see a sign with a guitar (think Rock and Roll Cafe). But, to see a guitar and amp sign is something else. Walnut Ridge, Arkansas celebrates their place on US Hwy 67, which, in Arkansas, is referred to as The Rock and Roll Highway 67. It is a 111 mile stretch of highway that runs through Jackson, Lawrence and Randolph Counties, including Walnut Ridge, where they claim the moniker “Where Abbey Road Meets the Rock and Roll Highway” due to a brief pass through visit by the Beatles in 1964. Cavenaugh Park has a a giant cement sidewalk shaped like a guitar that has numerous memorial signs celebrating the Rockabilly influences of the area. Thus the guitar and amp. By the way, Walnut Ridge actually has a huge Beatles memorial park and a street named Abbey Road with all sorts of Beatles-themed shops.
Crazy Head Springs, Lame Deer, Montana
Driving west on US Hwy 212 through the heart of Montana is a wonderful drive, unless you are going through a snowstorm…which I was. But, despite the snow, I had to stop for a photo of this sign on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. From what I could glean on the internet, it is apparently a great place to go fishing. But not in a mountain snowstorm…I just kept going.
I have been to Cuba…not the island in the Caribbean, but the touristy Route 66 town in central Missouri. Chock full of throwback murals and lots of Route 66 related things, it is a great place for nostalgia and a chance to stand under one of the world’s biggest rocking chairs.
Looking for a unique and fun gift for yourself or your traveler friends? How about a book about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips? You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!
In 2018 I will feature a random (yet alphabetical) selection of photos I have taken from my nearly 20 years of back roads travel in the United States and Canada. I may even throw in a few random shots from other trips to Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. My theme is called America’s Back Roads: A Grab Bag of Places in Pictures.
Brazos Bend State Park – Needville, TX
Bruce Windmill Farm – Woodstock, ON
Bison/Buffalo – Yellowstone National Park
Boring Post Office – Boring, Oregon
Bridges of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Remember Jed Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies??
Buffalo Bill Museum – LeClaire, Iowa
Beloit Smiley Water Tower – Beloit, WI
Two-State Sign – Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA
Beatles Tribute – Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Big Fish Supper Club – Bena, Minnesota
Blue Heron Photos – Lexington, Kentucky & Uncertain, Texas
Booger Hollow, Arkansas
Barbed Wire Sculpture at Sod House Museum – Gothenburg, Nebraska
Bob Evans Headquarters – New Albany, Ohio
Blue Banana Espresso – Lostine, Oregon
Bessie the Cow – Janesville, Wisconsin
Blues Highway – US 61 in Mississippi
Beatles Statues – Houston, Texas
Hot Spring Shower in Hot Spring Capital of Japan – Beppu, Japan
Brown Pelicans in Formation – Galveston, Texas
Beartooth Pass – near Red Lodge, Montana
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Boudreau’s Antiques and Collectibles – Ashland, Wisconsin
Big Jud’s Burgers – Rexburg, Idaho
Tersier Monkey in Bohol, Philippines
Badlands National Park
Big Apple – Medina, NY (Yes, the OTHER big apple in New York)
World’s Largest Buffalo – Jamestown, North Dakota
Big Bone Lick State Park – Union, Kentucky
Big Indian – Bemidji, Minnesota
Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum – Vicksburg, Mississippi
Big John – Great Falls, Montana
If you like what you see, you may want to check out my book: Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names, available on Amazon. My second book, Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions, will be available in late April or early May 2018. Click on the photo below for more details or to get a copy of the book.