Only in America — 2022 Edition

As previously mentioned, we love, love, love stopping at the stupid roadside attractions whenever we do a road trip. And, boy, did we stop at some winners on our 2022 Midwest road trip.

We’ve always said “Wisconsin is weird,” and it didn’t disappoint. I mean, come on, where else are you going to find a forest of chainsaw totem poles?

Chainsaw Totem Poles outside of Medford, Wisconsin.

And, where else are you going to find a big red weiner dog, albeit one that needs a paint touch up?

The Big Red Weiner Dog in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

Don’t get me started on the tin turkey in Genoa, Wisconsin. You don’t even have to get out of the car to see this one, as it is right on the side of the road. I don’t know why someone made a tin turkey, but I certainly appreciate that someone did.

The Tin Turkey.

Hamburger Charlie stands in Seymour, Wisconsin. The residents of Seymour claim that Charlie Nagreen invented the hamburger at the Seymour County Fair. Supposedly, he showed up to the fair intending to sell meat balls, realized people wanted a more portable meal, and smashed two meatballs between bread. Voila! The first hamburger. Maybe. Or, maybe not.

Hamburger Charlie.

You might think that only rural Wisconsin is weird, but you would be wrong. All it takes is a visit to an absolutely insanely decorated yard in Cudahy, Wisconsin to know that urban Wisconsin is also in the mix. The yard has all kinds of cool stuff, including a sinking Cadillac, the Minions, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Hamburglar, skulls, and more. The neighbors must hate it. Clearly, there is no HOA.

Pigs in a Yard.

But the wonderfully weird roadside attractions aren’t only in Wisconsin. Outside of Coates, Minnesota, there is a field of quirky sculptures. I have no idea who made these or why, but some of them were pretty cool.

Quirky sculptures by a trucking company in Coates, Minnesota.

In Illinois, we loved this Exhausted Paul Bunyan in University Park, Illinois. I’m not sure why he is so tired, but he is certainly unlike any version of Paul Bunyan I’ve seen in the past (and I’ve seen lots).

Exhausted Paul Bunyan on a rainy day.

We can’t wait for our next road trip to check our more roadside attractions.

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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