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Santa Claus (Removed)
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

A drive down the highway is filled with familiar sights and sounds. To many of us, a drive to some of our most common destinations would not be the same without an old familiar sight of a statue or advertisement icon off the side of the road. For the rest of us, we only notice these after they're gone, as in the case of the Long Beach lumberjack that left us after many years of service.

 

 

Giant Artichoke
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

If a statue or advertising icon will catch the eye of the wayward traveler, how about running into a roadside giant as you pass on down the road? One great example of this type of eye-catcher is the huge Thermostat at Baker, CA. Right off of the I15 on your way to or from Las Vegas, Baker is an excellent stopping point for a quick meal, gas up, Knott's cookie munch, and look see at what the current temperature is. Well, here at Roadside Peek's Roadside Giants, check out some you may encounter.

 

 

Golf Man
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Once upon a time, one could travel through town and see a fiberglass behemoth advertising his or her wares. Nowadays, just a small part of the American landscape remains dotted with Roadside Men. Some are of the "muffler" sort and others are simply wood carved statues. Nevertheless, a chance meeting with one of these fiberglass or wooden statues will take you back to the days when businesses clamored for customers by using signage that caught the eye. A good example of a fiberglass giant is the Golf Man next to the 405 Freeway in Carson. There are more of this icons at Roadside Peek's Roadside Men.

 

 

Elsinore Family
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Let's not forget the unique and sometimes amazing Roadside Art that also litters the landscape. Many times made out of odd n' ends including mufflers, tailpipes, cans, and barrels, Roadside Art has to be seen to be believed. Check them out here at the Roadside Art section of Roadside Peek.

 

 

Doggie Diner
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

See Roadside Characters for a comprehensive gallery. A trip down Roadside Peek will also bring about chance encounters with roadside animal icons such as the Cabazon Dinosaurs off of Highway 10 near Palm Springs. And how about signage such as the Fox Photo in Pico Rivera, now closed. Or the Gardena Bear, Toys R Us Giraffe, and even the venerable Felix the Cat character at Felix Chevrolet. More can be seen here at Roadside Peek's Roadside Characters.

 

 

Granny's Little Big Man
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Roadside Statues are the little brother or sister of the Roadside Men. Check out some of them here at Roadside Peek's Roadside Statues.

 

 

Shasta Beverage
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

How about familiar "can't miss" Signage Icons all too familiar on travels and vacations? The huge behemoths of neon or block lettering that caught your eye each time you traveled by? Another quite noticeable roadside icon is the Shasta Beverage office in Santa Fe Springs and it's quite large Shasta can sign. See the signage icons from around the country here at Roadside Peek's Signage Icons.

 

 

Happy Tower
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Travel the highway and some of the images you'll remember from the whirlwind tour are water towers depicting the names of the towns they're located in or other interesting info. See many at at Roadside Peek's Roadside Water Towers.

 

 

UFO Museum
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the UFO Museum in Roswell, NM. Supposedly, sometime in early July, 1947 something otherworldly happened here. Whether a UFO crashed here or an extraordinary hoax, Roswell's claim to fame began this fateful day in 1947. See this roadside attraction and others at Roadside Peek's Roadside Attractions.

 

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