Our first stop was to the scenic town of Arcola, Illinois where a plethora of Roadside America adventures awaited. Our first stop was the One and Only Hippie Memorial. It was quite unusual in a “cool” and “grooy” way.
Our next stop took us to the 9/11 and World War II Memorial.
Next we visited the Rockome Gardens only to find it closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I guess everyplace needs a couple of days a week for maintenance (or so we were told).
We journeyed on a bit farther to the booming town of Ashmore, IL where we feasted our eyes upon the world’s largest Lincoln statue. We know Abraham was a tall man but this was ridiculous. We also viewed several wood carvings of Honest Abraham.
Following Ashmore we moseyed to the quaint town of Matoon, IL for a drive by of the first Burger King. This restaurant was opened by the Hoots family in the 1950s. It is not a part of the infamous franchise but did win a court case allowing it to retain its name. This stop was certainly a “hoot”.
Just a wee bit farther down the road was the town of Gays, IL which proudly boasts a two- story outhouse. We found a rather small, somewhat rundown town with a neatly manicured park in which the two-story outhouse is housed. Apparently this outhouse once belonged to an apartment building and allowed residents of the upper floor to use the facilities without walking downstairs. It is a marvel of engineering and was truly ahead of its time.