One of the most unusual parts of living where I do is passing by the school building at the center of the landmark ‘Brown Vs. The Board Of Education’ case as a matter of course.  It’s a little bit strange to think about how such an important historical local landmark is just “that building on the way to the used bookstore where there’s a nice parking lot to hang out and read.”  Of course, that’s after growing up twenty minutes away from the Biggest Ball of Twine in the World and spending my twenties near the ridiculously cool Castle Rock Badlands area, leading to today’s roadside attraction query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) used to visit my mom who lived half a block from the historical Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas, and it was creepy as all get-out, asking: What’s the most noteworthy local landmark near you?

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  1. The Big Chicken. A 56 foot stylized chicken built in the 50s.
    Or
    “The Castle” a house built like a small castle with turrets. It has a swimming pool that doubles as a moat.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Living in Oldtown Alexandria, VA there are MANY noteworthy historical landmarks near me. There’s a border marker stone for the original Washington, D,C. boundary about a block from me, and the Alexandria National Cemetery (Civil War era military cemetery that predates Arlington) two blocks passed that.

    The most visibly notable noteworthy visitable site, though, would be the George Washington Masonic Memorial visible from my upstairs windows. When I toured it, I found out that those Freemasons have a poooooowerful camera up top that can read the fine print on my cable bill from its one mile distance, and that camera can be pointed towards the U.S. Capitol building a mere six miles away. Just saying. I know who made Steve Gutenberg a star.

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