Ohio June 16, 2015
These 9 Strange Spots In Ohio Will Make You Stop And Look Twice—At Least (Part II)
Turns out Ohio is even weirder than we all thought.
One list simply isn’t enough to cover all of Ohio’s oddities. The following things and destinations are sure to make anyone stop, look and think twice.
1) Hartman's Rock Garden
Observe a mixture of history, religion, and depression-era pop culture via this unique garden, built by Harry "Ben" Hartman between1932 through 1939. The garden can be seen today at the corner of McCain and Russell streets in Springfield.
2) Alligator Mound
While you've probably heard of the mysterious Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, you may not have known that Ohio is also home to a mysterious alligator-shapred mound in Newark.
3) Giant rocking chair
Outside of Country Cousins, a log-furniture company in Austinburg, you'll find one of the world's largest rocking chairs. While it's unknown who built the chair, the big seat has been sitting in Austinburg since the 1960s.
4) (Findlay) Ghost Town
Driving down St. Rt. 68, you might stumble across a sign that points the way to "Ghost Town." Created by the Galitza family, this unique roadside attraction in Findlay features a replica of an 1880s-era ghost town that was first open to the public in the 1950s. Today, the ghost town has an even more authentic ghost town feel due to a lack of upkeep and public attention.
5) The Wall of Gum
Customers routinely discard chewed gum and stick it on the side of this Maid-Rite Drive-In in Greenville. Why? We're really not sure...
6) Toledo's Bun Museum
This strange tradition of displaying autographed hotdog buns began in 1972 when Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H signed a bun at Tony Packo's in Toledo. While that bun is no longer in existence, today the cafe proudly showcases Styrofoam bun look-alikes signed by various celebrities, including five U.S. presidents.
7) Octagon House
Also known as the Crites House, this eight exterior-wall abandoned home sits in Circleville, behind the city's Wal-Mart Super Center.
8) Giant Jaques
This giant statue in Mansfield once held a giant roast beef sandwich in advertisement for Jacques' Roast Beef (and a pizza box once the owner's menu changed.) Today, Jacques no longer holds anything and his hands are missing.
10) The World's Smallest Street
Stretching only 15 ft., McKinley Street in Bellefontaine is officially recognized as the "World's Smallest Street."
Have you seen any of these places before? What else in Ohio is really strange? Share your experiences and photos with us in the comments below!