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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-10-11 05:54
Subject: [photos] The world's ugliest roadside attraction
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Tags:funny, history, nature, oregon, photos, radiantlisa
While visiting Klamath Falls last weekend, we found this gem, around milepost 234 of US-97. I know the milepost because as we went whizzing by the first time, Lisa Costello told me to note that number so we could find it again. I pointed out that this giant, malformed cow was the only thing besides pine forest for twenty miles along that stretch of highway, and we probably wouldn't have any trouble finding it again.

We didn't.

The locals tell us there used to be a small private theme park there with dinosaur statues. The location is now a truck parts supplier, and the other dinosaurs are behind a locked fence, but this bad boy keeps guarding the road in the years of his sad decline.

And yes, I know he's not a dinosaur, he's a mammal. Maybe a Paraceratherium or something, though the Holstein cow paint job distracts me.

At any rate, enjoy.

Here he is, in all his faded glory

Note Lisa Costello for scale


The reverse angle

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2013-10-11 13:34 (UTC)
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I note that the previous post of a photo of The Great Wall of China denotes one of man's greatest creations. Followed by...this.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2013-10-11 13:36 (UTC)
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Should you post one of these photos next to the bull you stood under in North Dakota for comparison?
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asakiyume: black crow on a red ground
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-10-11 14:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:black crow on a red ground
I do enjoy! It looks kind of hyena-like. It's neat!
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User: emerald_green37
Date: 2013-10-11 14:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I remember going to that place as a kid!!! Wow.
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User: dionysus1999
Date: 2013-10-11 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Pleistocene megafauna for the win!
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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2013-10-11 23:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It looks less "Holstein" and more "Erosion" to me :-)

And I remember going by that a couple times, too. (My mom's parents used to live in Bend).

Ah... it was "Thunderbeast Park"

Here's a link to a postcard on Flickr

Edited at 2013-10-11 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Agent Mimi
User: agent_mimi
Date: 2013-10-18 02:40 (UTC)
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Hey, this guy can be seen in the upper left picture of that postcard!

Honestly, if I had ever been anywhere near a place called "Thunderbeast Park," you couldn't have kept me away for anything.
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User: cissa
Date: 2013-10-19 04:35 (UTC)
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I thought it was a pit bull.
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