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Abandoned Storyland Park in Schellsburg Pennsylvania

Note: Storyland is located on posted, private property and trespassing is strictly forbidden. Enjoy the trumpeter and statues that can be seen from the road from exactly that — the road. I’ve visited a lot of amusement parks over the years. While I love the historic value and unique rides that can be found at …

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Shrine of the Blessed Mother or Our Lady of the Parkway in Pittsburgh

If you’ve ever traveled Pittsburgh’s Parkway East I can almost guarantee you’ve seen it at one point or another. Perched on the hillside just above the Bates Street Exit in Oakland is a curious sight. If you are like me, you’ve probably wondered what it was. Or maybe, if you have a keen eye you …

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Kings & Queens Restaurant: A Legendary Lincoln Highway Attraction

You are traveling along the Lincoln Highway from Ligonier to Bedford. As you traverse the rolling hills and farmlands of Somerset County, you might be surprised to all of a sudden see a castle appear along the side of the road! No, you aren’t dreaming, you’ve just passed the Kings & Queens Restaurant & Pub.  …

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The History of the S.S. Grand View Point Ship Hotel in Bedford, PA

  The 1930s were the heyday for roads such as Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway. The interstates and turnpikes were still things of the future and the journey was often just as exciting as the destination. To grab the attention of many of these travelers, the roadside attraction was born. These eyeball-grabbers often involved …

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Abandoned Storyland Park in Pennsylvania

Storyland was opened in the 1950s as a roadside attraction. It featured many concrete figured from beloved fairy tales and nursery rhymes. It was one of many of roadside attractions that popped up along Route 3o to attract tourist traffic. 

Unfortunately, the 80s were not a good time for Route 30 and the Lincoln Highway. By then, the turnpike became the preferred method of travel, bypassing many of the former attractions. This lead to a decline in traffic and forced many of the attractions to close. By the mid 1980s, Storyland closed for good. That’s not the end of the story, though.

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Do You Know the Muffler Man? We have one in Greensburg!

Roadside oddities have always been some of my favorites. They are throwbacks to the days when traveling wasn’t just about the destination, but enjoying the journey was also part of the fun. One of these roadside giants that has risen in popularity in recent years and has piqued the curiosity of many is known as …

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