50 American Small Towns Known for the Weirdest Things
From the largest ball of twine to the most controversial Mr. Potato Heads of all time, these American towns are home to eccentric history.
Scottsboro, Alabama: Lost luggage capital of the world
If an airline simply cannot track down the owner of a lost piece of luggage, it’s shipped to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in this northeastern Alabama town. From here, the bag and its contents, sight unseen, are sold to the highest bidder. Some of the craziest items ever found include a 5.8 carat solitaire diamond ring and Egyptian artifacts, reports NBC news.
Igloo City, Alaska: Abandoned igloo hotel
There are ice hotels all over the world, but this igloo hotel in Alaska didn’t quite make the cut. This giant igloo was never fully operational and is now one of the weirdest ghost towns in America.
Santa Claus, Arizona: Santa’s ghost town
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Arizona is an odd place for Santa to live, which is probably why he didn’t make it there for very long. There is an actual town in Arizona named after the Christmas icon, and, as one might expect would happen in the desert, the town’s holiday-themed attractions fell into disrepair. Now it is down right spooky. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of small towns in America with impressive holiday lights.
Alma, Arkansas: Popeye’s Spinach Capital
When the Allen Canning Company in Alma was working at its highest productivity, it was making 65 percent of the world’s spinach. In honor of this achievement, a statue of Popeye and a Popeye water tower are on display in the town, and there’s the Alma Spinach Festival every April. Check out more of the coolest street art in American cities.
San Luis Obispo, California: Bubblegum Alley
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Bubblegum Alley is probably better classified as one big public health hazard than street art, but still, tourists love visiting this chewed up alley for truly unique stroll. At 15 feet high and 70 feet long, this gummy mural is the largest collection of used bubblegum. Find out 11 places you can tour a candy factory.
Picket Wire Canyon, Colorado: Largest dinosaur tracks
Picket Wire Canyon is known by archaeologists and geologists as a hot spot for ancient dinosaur activity. It boasts one of the most concentrated amounts of dinosaur tracks in North America.
Dudleytown, Connecticut: Village of the Damned
One of Connecticut’s spookiest legends and one of the scariest ghost towns in America, Dudleytown is one swirling center of weirdness. No one knows exactly why the village died out, but the fact is that its numbers dwindled one by one until there was no one left. Some blame a curse, while others blame disease or famine. Here are more of the most haunted places in America.
Lewes, Delaware: Merman at Zwaanendael Museum
The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware, houses an “artifact” that the museum keepers know is totally fictional. Still, that doesn’t make it any less of a valuable attraction. A rarity from China, this preserved “merman” skeleton is nothing more than a fish body attached to a monkey skull. The fact that it even exists, though, is probably the strangest thing about it.
Homosassa, Florida: Monkey Island
When the spider monkeys and squirrel monkeys that were brought to Homosassa as part of research on the polio vaccine started making more of a public disturbance than could be tolerated, they were placed on a little make-shift island just off shore in the 1960s. Since then, Monkey Island has been a beloved attraction. These are 35 of the most mispronounced cities in the world.
Ashburn, Georgia: World’s Biggest Peanut
The peach may be Georgia’s official state fruit, but they’re not its top food product. The state’s official crop is the peanut, which is commemorated with a huge peanut monument in Ashburn in the southwestern part of the state. It is known as the “World’s Largest Peanut,” and if you’re nuts about nuts, you can take a tour of The National Peanut Museum in Tifton, Georgia, less than half an hour away from this giant state symbol. Here are more odd museums you never knew existed.