Pedro's South of the Border
Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:14 PM
Pedro's South of the Border is a huge piece of crap in the middle of nowhere off I-95 in South Carolina. It's famous for looking like it has suffered the apocalypse and for the 100+ billboards that say stuff like this:
It has a motel and a diner and a wedding chapel. I've driven by it probably a dozen times at various times of the year and have never seen any of the rides in operation, or even any people walking around. Apparently it's open, though.
What are some shitty laughingstock type things in your region, or that you've been to/passed by?
Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:30 PM
My family vacations as a kid were on the southern edge of NC so tracking these signs was always a good gauge of how far we were. Sadly I never made it to the promised land
The north side of AZ is pretty barren, but the I-40 goes across there. When I moved here, the portion of the I-40 I took in northern AZ was nothing except tourist traps for Native American trinkets.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:45 PM
FUCK THIS PLACE.
it's in South Dakota, and when I went there in roughly 1995 or so, it was as pretty on the outside as you see above. which is very pretty!
the murals on the outside are, shockingly, made of corn. they're really elaborate and detailed and totally great.
so what's inside? a small gallery of pictures of the Corn Palace, then what is essentially a tourist trap flea market full of third-world-produced generic neon animal dolls and other random junky chotskies that have pretty much zero to do with the Corn Palace itself. they didn't even have a logo on them!
even as a kid, i was totally let down by this place after picking up so much literature about it on a road trip i had as a kid from Michigan to Seattle in a Ryder truck with my Dad. thankfully, there was another museum nearby that DIDN'T suck:
the Enchanted World Doll Museum was basically just a ton of staged doll dioramas, but the ornateness and overall quality was through the freaking roof. crazy levels of detail made each individual display, of which they had many, totally unique and beautiful.
apparently it may be closed forever now, which is really sad.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 03:52 PM
When I went to "find myself" in 1999 I plotted my road trip by what the next closest site was--okay, so I'm not Jack Kerouac.
That being said, I missed all of the big ones except Rock City.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:32 PM
they only had two quarters so i didn't get to spend very long in the arcade
god damn it
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:34 PM
Wall Drug is pretty much the ultimate one, although it's so good in its own way that it might not belong in this thread. Giant jackalopes, fiberglass dinos and cowboys.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:56 PM
counting the signs was one of the activities i relished on the trip. well, that and the fact that my parents bought a wrapped cluster of 14-odd Power Rangers coloring books and i received one of them every day of the trip.
in a pretty weird coincidence, we met this married couple somewhere around Iowa or so when two of our tires blew out and we were stuck in some small one-street town that just so happened to have a repair shop that could handle a Ryder truck. i'm not sure how conversation started, but i had mentioned my excitement over the Wall Drug to them and we then compared notes over how many signs we counted. the coincidence comes in when my Dad and I arrived at Wall Drug a few days later, they had arrived there just minutes before we did. We talked some more and ate ice cream and it was cute. keep in mind that all of this was before the age of cell phones or other easy communication devices, so this wasn't some planned event. it genuinely did just happen by happenstance.
Wall Drug itself? definitely a letdown after getting hype for it after all the signs. but the ice cream was really, really good!
Posted 17 August 2012 - 10:54 PM
And here's me being all touristey at the Grand Coulee Dam
I went back later that night and they had the cheesiest laser light show projected onto the dam. BEHOLD MY POWER, I AM THE COLUMBIA RIVER and then it was a big shill for the energy company and a basic history of the columbia basin project. They had little music breaks where they played like, Chariots of Fire, and then Jean Michelle Jarre's Equinoxe I... haha!
Posted 17 August 2012 - 11:51 PM
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