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Stove [gone]
Detroit, MI
This Stove was built in 1893 by the Michigan Stove Company for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It is carved from oak and is 25 feet tall, 30 feet long and 20 feet wide. It represents the "Garland" which was a kitchen range. In the 1880s, Detroit was the stove-making capital of the world.

After Chicago, the Stove was moved to Detroit. In 1927, when the Michigan Stove Company merged with Detroit Stove Works to become the Detroit-Michigan Stove Company, the Stove was refurbished and installed on Jefferson Avenue. In 1965, it was moved to the State Fairgrounds. In 1974, when it was pretty much falling apart, it was disassembled and the parts were put in storage at the Fort Wayne Military Museum. In 1998, funds were raised and the Stove was restored and re-erected at the Fairgrounds where it stands today. These photos are from 2005. In 2011, the Stove was destroyed by a fire started by a lightning strike. There are no plans to rebuild it. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More Stoves:
Tacoma, WA

Allen Park, MI
This Tire is made of fiberglass panels on a steel frame. It is about 80 feet tall. The Tire was built for U.S. Rubber to advertise its U.S. Royal Tires at the New York World's Fair in 1964. The Tire functioned as a ferris wheel with 24 barrel-shaped gondolas, rotating around the circumference of the tire. Nearly two million people rode it. After the Fair, the ferris wheel portion was sold to an amusement park in New Jersey. The Tire panels were moved to Allen Park and installed on a new steel frame. Tread was added to fill in the gap where the ferris wheel was. It was installed next to a U.S. Royal Tires sales office which is gone now. When the company's name was changed to Uniroyal, the brand name on the Tire was updated.

In 1990, Michelin Tire bought Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Co. The Tire was renovated and updated in 1994. Neon lighting was added. In 1998, an 11-foot-long nail was stuck in the Tire to advertise the company's self-sealing Tiger Paw NailGard tire. In 2003, the Tire was renovated again and the nail was removed. The Tire still stands today on eastbound I-94. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Amarillo, TX
Bell, CA
North Hills, CA
Omaha, NE
These Tires were produced by International Fiberglass in the 1960s. This vintage photo shows one in Van Nuys, CA which is gone now.

The Tire in Amarillo is installed at Texas Tire & Tube [map]

The Tire in Bell is installed on top of the sign at Gonzales Tires. The other side of the tire is painted with the names of Uniroyal and Goodrich. [map]

This Tire at Wheel Deals in North Hills appears to be a match. I don't know if International Fiberglass made hubcaps or if that was added later. [map]

This Tire in Omaha was supposedly installed on the roof of Midwest Tire in 1957. It was possibly displayed at a Denver tire plant before that. [map]

More Tires:
Winona, MO

Twin Arrows
Twin Arrows, AZ
The Twin Arrows complex was built as the Canyon Padre Trading Post around 1949. This Route 66 tourist stop became the Twin Arrows Trading Post in the 1950s and these 20-foot-tall arrows were built at that time. In addition to the trading post which functioned as a souvenir shop, there was a gas station and the Twin Arrows Cafe diner. The businesses closed in the late 1990s and the site is now closed off and owned by the state. The Arrows were restored in 2009. However, they are now covered with graffiti. By 2022, only one arrow was left. [map]

Gallup, NM
Albuquerque, NM
The Arrows in Gallup are located behind the Navajo Travel Plaza. I don't know when they were built. [map]

The Arrows in Albuquerque have been installed in front of the Route 66 Casino since 2003. [map]

Arrow [gone]
Alpena, MI
Albuquerque, NM
Arrow [gone]
Joshua Tree, CA
San Jacinto, CA
Riverside, CA
The Arrow in Alpena stands in front of the Red Arrow Party Store. The store later housed Red Arrow Guns & Ammo. By 2022, the arrow was gone. [photo thanks Mark Comstock]

This Arrow in Albuquerque has been there since the early 1960s. It had the name "Indian Plaza" painted on it originally. The Indian Plaza shopping center was redesigned but the arrow was allowed to stay. [map]

This Arrow in Joshua Tree was about 15 feet tall. It had been there since sometime before 2007 when the Red Arrow Gallery opened next to it. It looked like it might have been inspired by the Arrow in Albuquerque. It was removed in 2023.

This Arrow in San Jacinto is installed in front of Arrow Printing. It is about 20 feet tall and has been there since at least 2007. Arrow Printing was established in 1928. [map]

This Arrow in Riverside advertises for the Riverside Archers club archery range. It has been there since at least 2015. [map]

O'Donnell, TX
Four Arrows
Belcourt, ND
South Fork, CO
Arrows [gone]
Fort Smith, AR
The Arrow in O'Donnell is one of ten that were installed in 2011 to mark the Quanah Parker Trail. The 23-foot-tall steel arrows were created by Charles Smith. [map]

The Four Arrows Monument in Belcourt was built in 1985. It includes a cross at the center. Belcourt is located in the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. [map]

These Arrows in South Fork were here by 2007. The Indian Trails sign panels were added by 2012. [map]

These five Arrows in Fort Smith were created from telephone poles in 2016 by D*FACE. The project was sponsored by the Choctaw Nation. By 2020, they were gone. For more, see this website.

Lindsborg, KS
Meridian, TX
These Arrows in Lindsborg were installed at Smokey Valley Shooting Sports around 2013 when the store opened. [map]

This Arrow in Meridian is installed in front of Hat Creek Taxidermy. It has been there since at least 2007. [map]

More Arrows:
Bentonville, AR
Rogers, AR
San Francisco, CA
Mancos, CO
Norfolk, NE
Brownfield, TX
Snyder, TX
Brule, WI

Longhorn Grill
Amado, AZ
This longhorn skull which housed the Longhorn Grill was built in 1973 for the movie "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore". It has been used for many things: a bait and tackle shop, a gift shop, a bar, a pizza place and office space. It had been home to the Longhorn Grill since 1998 until it closed in 2012. In 2019, it reopened. The skull is made of concrete over wire mesh and is 15 feet tall. The horns extend 20 feet from each side. It was built by Michael Kautza who is also created the Wine Bottle and Matador & Bull in Tucson, AZ. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Buffalo Skull
Helena, MT
Buffalo Skull
Dubois, WY
This recycled, sheet metal Buffalo Skull in Helena is 21 feet wide. It is entitled "Herd Bull" and was created by Benji Daniels in 1990. It was installed in Jamestown, ND and later in Medora, ND. The sculpture was moved to its current location in front of Montana's Museum by 2011. [map]

This Buffalo Skull in Dubois serves as the entrance to the Laundromat & Car Wash. I don't know what business was here originally or when this was built. [map]

Pee Wee Dalton's
Midland, TX
Pee Wee Dalton's store specializes in Western boots and accessories. The facade has been updated but the longhorn skull remains. [map]

Buffalo Skull
Abilene, TX
Longhorn Skull
Albany, TX
This Buffalo Skull is located at the Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Visitor Center. It is 26 feet across and was built by Joe Barrington in 2012. The steel was salvaged from old oil tanks. [map]

This Longhorn Skull sculpture is installed next to the restored Sinclair station in town. It was created by Joe Barrington in 2007 and was originally located in Waco, TX. This photo is from 2011. By 2013, the Skull was standing up. [map]

More Longhorn Skulls:
Baja Sur, Mexico

Muleshoe, TX
Fairhope, AL
Horseshoe [gone]
Kissimmee, FL

This Muleshoe functions as a sign for the Muleshoe Heritage Center. It is about 25 feet tall and made of steel. It was built in 1994 by Kermit Price as an Eagle Scout project. [map]

This Horseshoe in Fairhope is located at the entrance to the Lucky Horseshoe Saloon. It was installed sometime after 2015. [map]

This Horseshoe in Kissimmee was installed around 2019 in front of the Kissimmee Main Street Welcome Station. It was built by Paul Lapre out of pressure-treated lumber. It was entitled "Luck of the Cowboy." By 2022, the Horseshoe was gone.

More Horseshoes:
Pueblo, CO
Louisville, KY

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