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Roadside Characters Midwest


Brennan Heating
Jacksonville, IL
Photo courtesy Don Gardner

What was that? Oz never did nothing for the Tin Man? Well, looks like the tin man is relegated to holding up a sign for a heating company called Brennan Heating. So much for Toto.



Clubhouse Mouse
Kenosha, WI
Photo and info courtesy Jason Carlton

Back in the 70's, this place was a super-club on it's last legs. It then turned into "The Clubhouse" in the 90's when a dog track opened nearby. Now defunct, the large mouse still remains perched on the roof.



Elvis Museum
Foristell, MO
Photo courtesy Dirk Burhans

Some people feel that Elvis was larger than life. Well, at least in this example, he truly is. Check out the sign for the Elvis Museum, located in Foristell, MO.



Fast Eddie's Fried Chicken
Alton, IL
Photo courtesy Kelly Coalier

Hungry for some good fried chicken? Well, Fast Eddie's is the place, especially if you want to pay a visit to a chicken on a roof. This Alton, IL landmark is not necessarily fowl.



Oscar Meyer Wienermobile
Photo courtesy Bob Jagendorf

Here's a shot of the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile as it sits outside of a hotel in Kansas City.





Football Player
Green Bay, WI
Photo courtesy Dave Pophal

At the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame in Green Bay, WI is a huge statue of this Packer football player. The Hall of Fame can be found at 855 Lombardi Avenue. Maybe someday, a statue of Brett Favre will be nearby.



Christmas, MI
Photo courtesy Chibbqking

Travelers passing through the Michigan town of Christmas will (appropriately enough) pass by this cheery and rather large Santa Claus character off the road.

This Santa is claimed by Santa's Workshop to be the world's tallest Santa. Christmas, MI was given its name after a 1939 roadside factory that made holiday gift items for a short period of time. 05-09



Beecher Water Tower
Ottawa Lake, MI
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Just in time for Independence Day, check out the huge Uncle Sam found in Ottawa Lake, MI. According to Preserve America, the Uncle Sam statue was restored on July 2, 2001 by Hampton Hotel volunteers after being out in the air for 40 years. This led to Preserve America bestowing a Presidential Award to Hampton Hotel for this and other efforts. 07-09

(Near right) The giant Uncle Sam giving the thumbs up as he stands on this platform next to this fireworks stand

(Far right) A close up look at the Uncle Sam and appropriate red, white, and blue paint as he gets ready to go out for another 4th of July celebration










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