Offbeat and Quirky Roadside Attractions Now Available on Amazon!

Offbeat and Quirky Roadside Attractions Now Available on Amazon!

Adventure, Antsy McClain, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Big John, Books, Bucket List Trips, Cross Country Road Trips, Enchanted Highway, Family Travel, Found Metal Sculptures, Giant Things, Giant Twine Balls, Junk Art, Large Statues, Less Beaten Paths Books, Muffler Man, Mythical Creatures, Offbeat Places, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Selfies, Unique Places, Uniroyal Gal, Wanderlust, Whispering Giants, Yard Art
Yesterday my new book, "Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions" made its debut on Amazon! The book is 130 pages of FULL COLOR whimsy and kitsch as I tell stories of my visits to these places all over the U.S. and Canada. Definitely was fun taking these back roads trips to quirkville and I am excited to share them with you in words and photos. Even more exciting was that after a few hours the book was already #5 on Amazon's Road Travel New Releases chart and #24 on their Travel Reference chart!! I hope you will be able to check out the book or even get it on Kindle (#14 on the Road Travel chart). You Chang the book here: SEE NEW BOOK
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New Book Update! Sample Chapter Included

Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Books, Bucket List Trips, Family Travel, Mississippi, Offbeat Places, Place Names, Post Offices, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Selfies, Town Names, Unique Places
New Book Update!!! For those of you interested in my forthcoming book “Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names,” here are some updates! The chapters are all done - 22 of them. I am making some final edits, doing the acknowledgements, and a few other things. It has more than 100 pages and covers more than 35 unique places. I am attaching a sample Chapter on Alligator, MS so you can see the format. Please make sure to send me an email at lessbeatenpaths@gmail.com to get on the mailing list for more updates.
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I've Been Everywhere – Part IV: Just a few more fun signs

Arizona, Backroads Discoveries, Bucket List Trips, Colorado, Horses, Missouri, Place Names, Route 66, South Dakota, Squirrels, States and Provinces, Trinity Music Productions, Yard Art
Welcome to Mars[/caption] Perhaps Mars, Pennsylvania is the most famous of our planet named towns in the US. No one is sure how the name "Mars" came into being. Some say it was Samuel Park's wife,  who enjoyed astronomy, and others aver that it might be shortened from Samuel Marshall's name.  In any case, on March 6, 1895, Mars was incorporated as a borough.  Residents of Mars are often called "Martians", or "Planets" because of the high school team name, The Fighting Planets. There are a number of other places in the U.S. named after planets.  SenseList.com has a nice list of the many town names and place names.  Of all of those on that list, perhaps the most well known would include Jupiter, FL, and Blue Earth, MN, which…
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Turnabout in Fair Play, SC

Turnabout in Fair Play, SC

Backroads Discoveries
On August 8, 2012 I was on a trip from eastern Tennessee to Atlanta for work.  Along the way I went through North and South Carolina and happened to go through Fair Play, South Carolina.  Not sure how the town got its name, but there is something about the name coming from a fight. Interestingly, throughout most of this small town, the Motto "Our Name Says It All" is posted.  The photo on the left is the main entry sign. Of course, there is plenty more in Fair Play   There is the Fair Play Post Office The Fairplay Cafe.  Wonder if their prices are fair??? There is a Fair Play Presbyterian Church The Fairplay Super Market doesn't look that super... Must be Amish nearby if there is a Yoder's…
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Boo!!  Let's take a Scary adventure

Boo!! Let's take a Scary adventure

Backroads Discoveries, Birds, Bucket List Trips, Wildflowers
[/caption] Another of the many places of interest in West Virginia is the Scary Creek area. The map on Google does list a Scary, but there are no official signs with the Scary name on them.  But, as you can see below, there are many of other Scary references. The Scary Creek community is located near Nitro, WV (actually, just across the Kanawha River). During the US Civil War, the area that would become Scary, West Virginia was the site of the first Confederate victory in Kanawha Valley, on July 17, 1861. There are a few homes, a couple of churches and some other small businesses, most prominently, a large Paint Ball place.     [caption id="attachment_255" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A mailbox on Scary Rd., near Scary, WV"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_253" align="aligncenter"…
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Ho Ho Ho…Welcome to Santa Claus!

Ho Ho Ho…Welcome to Santa Claus!

Backroads Discoveries, Bucket List Trips, Cross Country Road Trips, Eateries, Family Travel, Giant Things, Indiana, Large Statues, Roadside Attractions, Unique Eatery, Unique Places
Santa Claus Post Office[/caption] OK, you want Christmas year round?  You like looking at jolly old elves in red clothing daily?  Then Santa Claus, Indiana is for you. [caption id="attachment_240" align="alignleft" width="300"] Santa Claus Town Hall[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_241" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Santa Claus, Indiana[/caption] 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…
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A place called Tightwad….really?

A place called Tightwad….really?

Backroads Discoveries, Cross Country Road Trips, Eateries, Missouri, People Shots, Place Names, Random Thoughts, Roadside Attractions, Town Names, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Eatery, Unique Places
Tightwad Bank[/caption] On a trip to Kansas City back in November 2011, I returned via some back roads in south central Missouri.  My main destination of choice was Tightwad, Missouri.  This is an unincorporated town of about 65 or 70 people. [caption id="attachment_201" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tightwad, Missouri[/caption] The village's unusual name is said to stem from an episode in which a store owner cheated a customer, who was a postman, by charging him an extra fifty cents for a better watermelon. Some sources claim the transaction involved a rooster rather than a watermelon.  However, there is really nothing definitive.  Nonetheless, the town is fun. Perhaps the biggest point of excitement is the Tightwad Bank, a real bank.  According to its website, The bank was founded on September 5, 1900 as…
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Here's an interesting DISH for you

Here's an interesting DISH for you

Backroads Discoveries, Bucket List Trips, Texas
[/caption] I have been busy in Texas all this week so it is only appropriate I add a Texas comment on the blog. Just about two years ago I was on business in Texas (except I drove here instead of flying). On my way back to Kentucky, I made it a point to drive to DISH, TX. This community, established in June 2000, was originally named Clark. In November 2005, the community accepted an offer to rename itself "DISH" as part of a commercial agreement with the satellite television company of the same name. [caption id="attachment_198" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="DISH Town Hall"][/caption] The day I went through (April 17, 2010) was also NASCAR day at the Dallas Speedway, which is just a few miles away from DISH.  To my shear enjoyment,…
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