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Oil Derricks Rest Area
Tyler, TX
The Oil Derricks Rest Area off I-20 was built in 1967. [map]

Newellton, LA
Vidalia, LA
Vale, SD
Shopping Cart [gone]
Kanab, UT
This 14-foot-tall Mailbox in Newellton was built in 1956. Ben Burnside purchased it in Houston, TX. [map]

This Mailbox in Vidalia is abandoned in a field. It apparently advertised most recently for a storage facility. I don't know what its purpose was originally. The mailbox's arrow points down a road that leads to Eastern Fishing and Rental Tools which uses that phone number now. [map]

This Mailbox in Vale was installed in front of the Full Throttle Saloon around 2017. [map]

This Shopping Cart is located at Honey's Marketplace. This photo is from 2014. By 2018, it was gone.

More Mailboxes:
Casey, IL
Frierson, LA

Grocery Bag [gone]
Jackson, TN
The Grocery Bag stood in front of the Jackson Market Place supermarket. It was built in the late 1960s. These photos are from 2007. By 2012, the Grocery Bag was replaced with a boring, plastic box sign advertising Food Giant.

There were another Grocery Bag in Owensboro, KY which is gone now.

Fire Hydrant
Beaumont, TX
Fire Hydrant [gone]
Columbia, SC
Fire Hydrant
Las Vegas, NV
The Fire Hydrant in Beaumont was built in 1999 by Disney to promote the movie "101 Dalmatians." It is 24 feet tall. It is located in the park in front of the Fire Museum of Texas. For more, see this website. [map]

The Fire Hydrant in Columbia was 39 feet tall and installed in 2001 as a public art piece. It was created by Blue Sky and was entitled "Busted Plug Plaza". The steel sculpture leaned to one side and rose from broken cement and spouting water. In 2023, it was removed.

The Fire Hydrant in Las Vegas is located at Hydrant Park, a "social club" and boarding facility for dogs. The Hydrant was installed in 2013 when the business opened. It is about 14 feet tall. The Hydrant is functional, serving as a mister for pedestrians. For more, see this website. [map]

More Fire Hydrants:
Wildwood, NJ [map]
Elm Creek, MB

Fire Extinguishers:
Memphis, TN

Gas Pump
Sylvania, PA
Gas Pump
Sapulpa, OK
Gas Pumps
Albuquerque, NM
Padlock and Chain
Boston, MA
This Gas Pump in Sylvania stood in front of the Gulf station in Sylvania. This photo is from 2007. By 2009, the station became a Citgo and the name on the pump was repainted. By 2015, the gas station was independent and the name on the pump was changed again. For more, see this website. [map]

This Gas Pump in Sapulpa was to be 66 feet tall to go along with the Route 66 theme but it wound up being a little taller. There were plans originally to have an interior staircase and observation deck but that didn't work out. It was built from 2016-2018. It is located next to the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum. [map]

These Gas Pumps in Albuquerque have been installed in front of the Route 66 Casino since 2003. [map]

This inflatable Padlock and Chain is installed on the side of the Fortress Storage building. The padlock is 32 feet tall and 20 feet wide. It has been there for decades. The padlock and chain are placed in storage during winter. It has been a frequent victim of target shooters. [map]

More Gas Pumps:
King City, MO

West Helena, AR
Scott's Muffler
& Auto Repair
Leavenworth, KS
This Muffler in West Helena is installed in front of Jack's Garage. It has been there since at least 2008. [map]

This muffler-shaped sign at Scott's Muffler & Auto Repair might have been installed in 1997. [map]

More Mufflers:
Owensboro, KY
Kannapolis, NC
Statesville, NC
Lawrenceburg, TN
San Antonio, TX

Muffler Car
Bosque Farms, NM
This Muffler Car has been installed at Bosque Tire and Automotive since at least 2007. I believe these cars were built for Meineke Muffler in the 1980s. This store might have been a Meineke shop originally. [map]

More Muffler Cars:
Springdale, AR [gone]
Paradise, CA [gone]
Lewes, DE
Springfield, MO [gone]
Spokane, WA

Houston, TX
This Bible is installed over the entrance of the Freeway Baptist Church which was built in 1972. The church was designed by Edward Koerber. [map]

Jacksonville, FL

Books & Apple
Bellflower, CA
The Books and Apple are located in the park across the street from the Clifton M. Brakensiek Library. [map]

Van Nuys, CA
These Books appear to be made of bronze. They are installed on a bench in front of the Van Nuys branch library.

Los Angeles, CA
These Books were installed at the Iliad Bookshop in 2014. [map]

Cerritos, CA
Liberal, KS
These Books in Cerritos are installed inside the Cerritos Library at the Children's Library entrance. They have been there since at least 2009.

This Book in Liberal was added to the front of the Liberal Memorial Library in 1955. There was previously a door in the middle of the book. In 1988, the door was covered up and the entrance was moved to the side. For more, see this website. [map]

Artesia, NM
Fergus Falls, MN
Centerville, OH
Kansas City, MO
The bronze Books sculpture in Artesia was created by Mark Ashley and installed in 2015. It is titled "The Foundation", referring to books as the foundation of knowledge. The sculpture features five stacks books with reading children on top of them. It is located in the middle of a traffic circle which is directly across from the library. For more, see this website. [map]

These Books in Fergus Falls were installed in front of the Fergus Falls Public Library in 2006. They are made of concrete. [map]

These Books in Centerville were installed in front of the Centerville Library in 1997. The 22-foot-tall sculpture entitled "The Record" was created by Michael A. Frasca. [map]

These Books in Kansas City were built in 2006 as the "Community Bookshelf". They conceal the parking garage for the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The 22 books are 25 feet tall. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Billings, MT
These Books are located at A Few Books More which opened in 2003. [map]

Albuquerque, NM
Newspaper [gone]
Columbus, OH
These Books function as a sign for the Library Bar & Grill which opened in 2004. The books have gag titles like "Tequila Mockingbird" and "Gone with the Gin." [map]

This Newspaper was installed on the roof of Columbus Business First in 2008. These photos are from 2009. In 2019, it was repainted for Versa, the building's new tenant. By 2020, the newspaper had been replaced with a billboard.

More Books:
Duluth, MN
Charlotte, NC [map]
Charlotte, NC [map]
Palmyra, NY [gone]
Cincinnati, OH [map] [gone?]
Nashville, TN

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