Monday, August 25, 2008

Large Cattle

A majestic black cow looms over Ky 1274 in Menifee County near Cave Run Lake. Pictures do not do this gigantic fiberglass bovine justice! Just one of many over sized cows- Look for more soon!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Oh, The Irony!

This is in a parking lot on US 460 near Camargo Elementary. I smile every time I see it!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Hillbilly Hot Dogs

I could not make this up if I tried! Hillbilly Hot Dogs is located in Lesage, WV, beside the Ohio River. Michelle and I ran across it on the way back from Point Pleasant, but it was already closed for the day. You may remember seeing Guy Fierri of the Food Network here for his show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". The restaurant is a converted yellow school bus with plenty of genuine hillbilly decor. Everyone says the food is awesome, and I can't wait to go back when they are open. A must-see for those with a good sense of humor!


This past spring, my best friend, Michelle, and I traveled to Point Pleasant, West Virginia to see the place that bore the legend of the Mothman. Our first stop was the humongous and very shiny statue of Mothman. Unfortunately, it was raining buckets, so we didn't stay outside long enough to get more pictures! Besides, my four-year-old was scared of the statue. We visited a cool little shop called "The Point" before going across the street to the world's only Mothman Museum! There were all sorts of Mothman-related items there, such as the original handwritten statements by the witnesses, props from the movie, and souvenirs. No "Mothman Tour" is complete without a stop at Harris Steakhouse aka "The Mothman Diner." Ms. Carolin Harris has operated the place for over 35 years and is a very sweet lady. She is still brimming with energy at six in the evening after being on her feet all day... It is well worth the trip just to visit her. The place hasn't changed a bit in all this time. I especially liked the old bar stools. We loved Point Pleasant- the locals are absolutely wonderful and we plan to go back for the Mothman Festival the September 20-21.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Old Store on Freestone Road

This place looks like it could have been a store. There is a rusted "Royal Crown" soda sign hanging over the door, and all of the windows are boarded up. Located on Freestone Road in Farmers, Ky.

Freestone Road Bridge

During summer in Farmers, Ky, it is easy to miss this iron bridge that once connected Freestone Road to US 60. It is covered in greenery and both ends are blocked off to traffic. I am not sure when it fell into disuse, but I seem to remember going over it as a kid. According to the plaque on the US 60 end, it was built in 1921.

The Train to Nowhere!

This is a very old caboose that sits by Ky 801 just off of the I-64 exit. I believe it was once part of the C & O railway that ran through Morehead. The train stopped running over 25 years ago, and not long after it shut down, the caboose showed up here. It is no where near the old tracks! The red paint is slowly fading away, and the wooden planks are bending and splitting, but it stands as a silent reminder of days gone by.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"The Attic" in Jeffersonville

I know nothing about this old building near Jeffersonville, but my guess is it was a store of some sort. Faded, hand-painted rainbows frame the name of the place, "The Attic". There is half of a "Red Baron" sign which I think refers to the pizza. With it's cement-block walls and boarded-over bay doors, it looks like it could have been a garage at one time.

Giant Cows!!!!

Some places have Muffler Men, we have giant cows! This is one of many giant cows that populate Eastern Kentucky. It is on US 460 just outside of Mt. Sterling, on the way to Camargo. It stands on someone's lawn beside a large farm.

Welcome to Roadside Weirdness!

Hi! My name is Nicosia, and I have always held a fascination with the weird, abandoned, and unusual. As a small child, Mom and I would accompany my genealogist and historian grandmother to every out of the way graveyard she could find. Mammaw Jean would let me do the rubbings on the old stones with my crayons while she documented the graves and told me how I was related to the person buried there. We checked out old empty houses, too! It wasn't until I grew up that I realized not everyone hung out in graveyards and traipsed around abandoned buildings for fun. Our journeys took us on many off-the-beaten-path detours to small towns filled with Mom and Pop diners, musty courthouses, abandoned buildings and lots of friendly people all over Eastern Kentucky! Mammaw could strike up a conversation with anyone about anything, but the talk always turned back to history in some form or another. She listened well and remembered every story and tried to pass them on to the next generation. In the process, she gave me a gift I treasure- the ability to find the adventure anywhere, even in your own backyard!

This little corner of the web will showcase whatever strange things I find on my travels, wether it be giant cows, abandoned gas stations, or wigwam shaped motels... Thanks for riding shotgun!