Roadside Giants

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From Lucy, the colossal elephant-shaped building on the Jersey Shore, to the grand donut atop Randy's in Los Angeles, this full-color guide profiles the commercial giants that loom over America's highways. Created to sell products and promote tourism in a big way, they can be found all over the United States. The authors have traveled far and wide to bring readers the world's largest duck in Long Island, an enormous Amish couple in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and towering Paul Bunyans all over the Midwest. There ...
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Overview

From Lucy, the colossal elephant-shaped building on the Jersey Shore, to the grand donut atop Randy's in Los Angeles, this full-color guide profiles the commercial giants that loom over America's highways. Created to sell products and promote tourism in a big way, they can be found all over the United States. The authors have traveled far and wide to bring readers the world's largest duck in Long Island, an enormous Amish couple in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and towering Paul Bunyans all over the Midwest. There are buildings shaped like hot dogs, ice cream cones, and baskets, as well as the roadside phenomena known as "Muffler Men," giants who originally advertised mufflers but now have been converted to cowboys, Indians, spacemen, and pirates. Big fun!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811732284
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian and Sarah Butko live in Pittsburgh, where Brian is editor of Western Pennsylvania History magazine and Sarah is a PTA president and Girl Scout leader.

Brian Butko lives in the Pittsburgh metro area and is the nation's leading authority on the Lincoln Highway. He is a founding director of the new Lincoln Highway Association.

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Table of Contents

Looming over the Landscape: An Introduction to Roadside Giants 1
The Big Duck 9
Tail o' the Pup 12
Muffler Men and Uniroyal Gals 15
Paisano Pete 20
Hat n' Boots Service Station 23
Baseball Bat and Glove 25
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox 28
Yes, Indiana, There Is a Santa Claus 32
Brooks Catsup Bottle 36
Dueling Donuts 38
Albert the Bull 41
Pal's Sudden Service 44
Lucy the Elephant 47
The Blue Whale 51
Koontz Coffee Pot 54
Airplane Station 58
Uncle Sam 61
Wigwam Village No. 2 64
Longaberger's Baskets 68
Plain Folk 72
Westward Ho Covered Wagon 76
Twistee Treat Ice Cream Cones 78
Dinosaur Park 81
Shell-Shaped Station 85
Further Reading and Surfing 88
Acknowledgments 90
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