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Sky trollies at the miniature city

Before there was secondlife, before there were dremel tools, there were still builders.

Roadside America is a relic of another time that has somehow escaped wrecking balls and estate sales. And look – arial trams! Look hard towards the top to see them suspended on a wire run.


Note the arial trollies.

It is very weird, very white, exquisitely detailed, and then you realize it was all done with coping saws and elmer’s glue. There’s running trains, and buttons that control some of the trolly lines. Before you leave the guy turns some knobs to start the night sequence.  Then Kate Smith sings ‘God Bless America’ while the American flag is spotlighted. It’s like going back in time. Go have a snack at the Haas Hotel afterwards and admire the little corner bar that was built in 1915.

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  1. Elilka Sieyes Elilka Sieyes February 2, 2012

    I think all my childhood dreams just imploded and exploded at once.

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk February 2, 2012

      maybe i should be a roadtrip tour operator…

  2. Jedburgh30 Dagger Jedburgh30 Dagger February 2, 2012

    that reminds me of the model railroad club that used to meet in Greensboro.  They had a huge layout, and would have the open house in the spring…Dad would load us up in the car and walk us around…

  3. Queer Hermit Queer Hermit February 2, 2012

    I have had the pleasure of visiting there several times as it is only 90 minutes from my home.  It certainly is a trip in the way-back machine.  I did not know that the Clockwinder was such a world traveler!!

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