On the Road and In Your Backyard

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First up, pictures from valued commenter Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman).

Saw these in Fort Branch, Indiana.

Donuts & Pizza is a odd combination.


This old bank building looks like something Dillinger would have knocked over.

Thank you so much Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman), do send us more when you can.


Next, pictures from valued commenter JDM.

Czechs are not weird. AT ALL!

Maybe it’s the Czech beer

Thank you so much JDM, do send us more when you can.


Finally, pictures from valued commenter narya.

While driving on Route 6 in Pennsylvania, we pulled off for a break–at something called the Marie Antoinette Lookout. Turns out that a bunch of French folks built a town nearby in the hope that Marie could find asylum there. The pics are of the monument (may need to embiggen to read) and the vista from the Lookout. Did NOT expect to find a monument to Marie Antoinette in the middle of rural Pennsylvania, but there you go. Another sign notes that the work for the monument itself was done by the WPA or CCC (I forget which).


Taken on 2017-09-21

Marie Antoinette Lookout, Bradford County, Pennsylvania

This is a monument describing a town built in hopes of creating a place of asylum for Marie Antoinette . . . in rural Pennsylvania, along Route 6 (which used to be a primary e/w route).

view from the Mariet Antoinette Lookout

Taken on 2017-09-21

Marie Antoinette Lookout, Bradford County, PA

This is what you can see from the lookout; theoretically, the asylum village was somewhere out there.


Thank you so much narya, do send us more when you can.


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15 replies
  1. 1
    rikyrah says:

    Odd collection of pictures today. But, I enjoyed them. Thanks😄

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    There’s a place out here in LA, specifically in Pacific Palisades, called Murphy’s Ranch. It’s in a canyon behind Will Rodgers State Park(he donated his ranch to the state). In the late 30’s a group of Nazis built a compound that was for Hitler after he won the war. After the US entered the war, the folk there were promptly arrested and the place fell into disrepair.

    I’m generally not a fan of black & white, but that bank works really well sans color.

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    eclare says:

    The billboard says “and beaver goes to saw”?

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    p.a. says:

    Pizza and donuts… interesting. There are 2 local establishments that feature pizza and Thai food. I asked the Thai owner of one how that happened: “I married an American. He’s very white.” The other is named ‘Crazy Wings’ and is actually a wings, burger, pizza, and Thai place. One-stop-shopping, as it were.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    I guess only the drunks eat pizza for breakfast and there just aren’t enough of them around in Fort Branch.

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    p.a. says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Not sure about Dillinger, but it does remind me of the bank in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? that Baby Face Nelson & the crew robbed.

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    Elizabelle says:

    How interesting, asylum homes built for Marie Antoinette and Hitler.

    I guarantee you, no one cares enough to be doing that for Trump right now. Putin? You think?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Elizabelle: Putin will probably give him a small suite at the Moscow airport anyway.

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    debbie says:

    I used to drive by a drive-through Mexican-Chinese kiosk (this was in the late 70s). When it inevitably went out of business, the kiosk reverted to the PhotoMat it had been before the food place. Not all ideas are a success.

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    Darrin Ziliak (formerly glocksman) says:


    Well, John Dillinger was a Hoosier and Ft. Branch is a small town in Indiana. :)
    That said, the first thing I thought of when I saw it was ‘old Depression-era bank building’, and Dillinger popped to mind.

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    MomSense says:

    These are the kind of photos and places that I always notice when I’m on the road and wonder if anyone else would find them interesting. Good to know there’s a place for us.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Since I’ve been doing research for my novel, I’m not surprised at the Marie Antoinette monument. A lot of aristocrats fled to Philadelphia after the Revolution started because that’s where the seat of the US government was. Those restless refugees were one of the reasons that signing the Alien & Sedition Act seemed like a good idea at the time to John Adams.

    And, yes, to bring my current favorite Founding Father into it, Hamilton became buddies with many of them, including Talleyrand, because he was a fluent French speaker (his mother was French).

    Another fun fact — after Napoleon was defeated, his brother Joseph settled in the US for a while, I think in upstate New York.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @p.a.: We have two East-West cafes right next to each other in the tiny town of Poncha Springs – both sell an assortment of Thai street food and American fare. The siting of the cafes right next to each other has, as I recall, something to do with a feud between the owners – spite location!

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    Origuy says:

    @Mnemosyne: I got curious about this and found a WIkipedia article about the community of French Azilum. Besides the aristocrats fleeing the guillotine, it was settled by whites fleeing the slave revolts in Haiti.

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    Here in SF we have Zante’s Pizza and Indian Cuisine (pizza is OK, Indian food is pretty decent), as well as numerous doughnut + burger places that also sell Chinese and Korean food. Sometimes when you’re hungry brains just aren’t enough.

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