I, Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck, with our moms and a friend, drove southwest about 100 miles from Denver. Visiting friends in Canon City was our purpose, but we want you to see some of what we found along the highway. This old prison was along the side of the road.
Rather small. Compare to what we saw a few miles down the road.
This photo from Wikipedia is a federal prison in Colorado. Often referred to SuperMax, it is believed to have the highest security of any U.S. prison. It houses our most dangerous male prisoners. Next we saw this giant chair.
The sign said it is 21 feet tall, 14 feet wide and weighs 9,100 pounds. In 1990, when it was built, it was the world’s largest rocking chair. That record no longer belongs to this chair. The historic Apple Shed has closed, so we could not get closer to the chair.
We had to look through a fence. We then pulled off the road at Col. Leo S. Boston War Memorial Park.
There are Vietnam era helicopters and jets here. We stopped to see the Penny Project.
The big steel letters were made by students in the Canon City High School metal shop. Attached to the letters are pennies. The letters spelling “IN GOD WE TRUST” are covered with 58,272 glued on pennies, one for each American killed in the war. Most of these pennies were minted during 1965-1971, the war’s deadliest years.
There are plans to expand this War Memorial Park. Our next, and last stop, was to see Herkimer, the World’s Largest Beetle.
Herkimer was built in the mid 1950’s and is a monster sized West Indian Hercules Beetle. Herkimer’s purpose is to advertise the May Museum of the Tropics.
The May Museum contains many preserved unusual and rare insects. As you drive the roads of the United States watch for unusual things. We learn of most items from http://www.RoadsideAmerica.com You may find this site interesting also. Please tell us if you know of other interesting roadside art.