В Алабаме построили самую мощную космическую ракету и самый большой в мире музей мотоциклов.
Здесь впервые в США отпраздновали Рождество и первыми провели операцию на сердце.
Это один из самых религиозных штатов – часть так называемого «Библейского пояса», a история Алабамы – это история рабства и движения за гражданские права.
Штат Великого Каньона, красных скал и бескрайних пустынь на юге. Настоящий дикий запад, знакомый по классическим вестернам. Гигантские кактусы сагуаро – часть местного пейзажа, а кактусы поменьше – часть местной кухни. Плавильный котел культур, где испанская речь слышна также часто, как и английская.
Вермонт – штат кленового сиропа, Берни Сандерса и мороженого «Бен и Джерри». Здесь появился на свет Маугли и зародилось движение «От фермы до стола». Здесь вне закона маргарин, ГМО и реклама на дорогах.
Здесь взорвали первую ядерную бомбу. Здесь сняли сериал «Во все тяжкие». Нью-Мексико – штат гор, пустынь, индейских резерваций, глинобитных домов и католических часовен. Штат удивительных историй и сильных людей.
The Jolly Green Giant first appeared in the 1920's as an advertising mascot for the Blue Earth Canning Company. In 1929 the Blue Earth Canning Company became part of Minnesota Valley Canning Company in Le Sueur, MN. In 1950 they changed their name to Green Giant and merged with Pillsbury in 1979. Pillsbury was ultimately acquired by General Mills, who still owns the brand. It seems that at some point possibly six canneries were sold to Seneca Foods.
The Jolly Green Giant statue, which cost the town $43,000, was erected in 1978 in time to overlook the completion of Interstate 90 connecting Boston to Seattle. He was temporarily erected in September 1978 at a roadside rest area north of I-90 where he could watch as the interstate was completed. Miss America was there too. He was permanently put into place a mile south of the interstate on July 6, 1979. This is where he still is today.
The statue is 55 feet tall, weighs 4 tons, has a 4 foot smile and size 78 elfin slippers, and is conveniently located next to a Dairy Queen. On this day he appears ready to run in the Relay For Life... assuming he can somehow free his feet from his platform.
The idea for the statue was that of Paul Hedberg, the owner of a local radio station. He got the idea after interviewing numerous travelers for a radio program where many of them expressed an interest in seeing the Green Giant. In 1977 he contacted the Green Giant Company and with their consent and input on the design was able to have the statue built.
Outside a gas station just off of I-90 and close to the Green Giant stands this statue of Little Green Sprout. Sprout appeared in Green Giant ads beginning in 1973. This Sprout was formerly an A&W Papa Burger, which explains the root beer in his hand. I guess they decided to replace the burger with a pizza box.
Sizable buffalo statue is located just a couple blocks north of the interstate.
The buffalo is a little bit larger than a real buffalo and it says "Those Blasted Things" next to it. If you look closely at the picture you will see that Those Blasted Things is the name of the store behind the buffalo.
The Happy Chef restaurant in Mankato was the very first Happy Chef. It opened in 1963. At one point the Happy Chef chain grew to 56 restaurants in the Midwest. Today only 16 restaurants remain.
The giant Happy Chef statue was, and still is, an icon for the restaurants. Most of the restaurants had one. But, as I chronicled before, these statues are disappearing. The Mankato restaurant is the only one that still has a statue. Restaurant owners were instructed to destroy the statues rather than sell them, but some managed to survive. Regardless, the Happy Chef statue in any form is a rare commodity.
The peace pipe, or calumet, is 30 feet long and stands outside the old Rock Island Depot near the entrance to the Pipestone National Monument.
Native Americans used pipestone to make ceremonial or sacred pipes.
Pipestone, or catlinite, is the second softest rock in the world and Native Americans were able to carve it for use as peace pipes.
The Pipestone National Monument contains a large quarry of catlinite that is still in use today.
Enrolled Native Americans are allowed to extract rock from the quarry and only use hand tools to do it.
The World's Largest Mallard has helped to cement (pun intended) this region of the state as the Land O' Ducks.
Unlike much of the state, this part of Minnesota doesn't have a lot o' lakes but does have plenty o' ducks.
The statue was designed by Robert Bruns using "a paperweight, a Grain Belt Beer ad, and a dime store statue" as models.
It was constructed out of concrete in 1959 by Elmer Oslon.
The statue is showing it's age a bit.