Roadside America


Join me as I explore the quirky, offbeat, and iconic places that make America unique

Dead Man’s Curve

The following is an excerpt from my book Tales of Coles County, a collection of history, folklore, and true crime from one of the most interesting counties in Illinois. Order it in paperback or Kindle today. Many communities in Illinois have an intersection or stretch of road to avoid where it’s said car accidents frequently […]

Statue called "Embracing Peace" by artist J. Seward Johnson in National Harbor, Maryland.

The Kiss

Statue called “Embracing Peace” by artist J. Seward Johnson on American Way in National Harbor, Maryland. Embracing Peace is based on an iconic photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square on August 14, 1945 as celebrations broke out upon news of Japan’s surrender and the end of World War 2.

Catoctin Iron Furnace, 12698 Catoctin Furnace Road (U.S. Route 15) in Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont, Frederick County, Maryland.

Catoctin Iron Furnace in Frederick County, Maryland

For over a century, the Catoctin Iron Furnace smelted iron, its forges spewing smoke and burning red hot. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it fueled the machines of war. Much of this backbreaking work was done by slaves. Catoctin Iron Furnace is a historic iron forge along U.S. Route 15 from Frederick to Thurmont […]

Flamingo Motel and Suites on U.S. Route 12 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Flamingo Motel, Wisconsin Dells

Nothing says tourist trap quite like flamingos (especially when you’re in Wisconsin), and this oversized sign for the Flamingo Motel and Suites, 910 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S. (U.S. Route 12), Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, doesn’t disappoint. Wisconsin Dells has been a family vacation destination since the nineteenth century. Many motor inns adopted a “populuxe” style to […]

Crystal Grottoes Caverns, 19821 Shepherdstown Pike in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland.

Crystal Grottoes Caverns in Boonsboro, Maryland

Tour Maryland’s only show cave in this delightful throwback to America’s roadside attractions. This small demonstration cave is Maryland’s largest cavern open to the public. It contains more formations per square foot than any other explored cave, and it’s among the most naturally preserved caverns in the world, with a constant temperature of 54 degrees. […]

Sign for Fisher's Bar Pub in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Fisher’s Bar

This sign for Fisher’s Bar, 719 Superior Street in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, has all the sports. In business since 1933.

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