Where The Odd Things Are

When we think of unique expressions of peculiar creativity, we tend to think of oddball corners of remote, rural America.   Somewhere in the Great Plains there's a town that proudly exhibits giant ball of string.  Death Valley is famous for Scotty's Castle and Teakettle Junction, a dirt crossroads where generations of travelers have been leaving old coffee and tea pots.  Rapid City, SD has its Dinosaur Park, where life sized concrete dinosaurs...ah...stand very still.  In the Southern California desert, the Salton Sea area has become the epitome of microcosmic post-apocalyptic desert weirdness, and I'll have to devote an installment to it, but that will probably have to wait until I can make a trip out there.

Cincinnati boasts a sizable subway system whose construction was begun with the proceeds of a bond issue in 1920, but stalled when the money ran out fiver years later.  As you might have guessed, Cincinnati's subway was never completed much less used.  Stranger still is  the case of  Rochester, NY, whose subway was used from about 1920 to 1956, when half of it was obliterated by an expressway, making the other half unviable.  King Car had won again.

Los Angeles, too, has its share of local oddities, as we'll see.

Next time, lobsters.  I promise.

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