A blog dedicated to the pursuit of all roads in the United States except Interstates
Saturday, October 17, 2009
State Park Reveals Its Commercial Tourist Attraction Past
This is a view of Caesar's Head at Caesar's Head State Park, South Carolina. Someone thought that rock looked like old Julius or Augustus. The park may be found on winding, twisting US 276 north of Greenville.
The state park was once a privately operated roadside tourist attraction. There is telltale evidence of that heritage in the two photos below. In the left photo is one of those coin-operated telescopes that you found at any attraction in the mountains. I never knew what I was looking at through one of those things.
The photo to the right shows a cleft in the rock with a sign reading "Devil's Kitchen." Commercial tourist attractions liked to give cute names like that to various rock formations. The best examples of this are at Chimney Rock and Rock City.
I love to travel blue highways, or older roads off the Interstates. I'm retired and have plenty of time to pursue this. While traveling these roads, I fit in my other two passions: hiking and railroads. (you can't exactly stop on the Interstate to watch a train go by.) I try to take my drives as if I were still in the golden age of motor travel, like the family vacations of my youth. Whenever I travel, I attempt the recreate these sorts of trips as much as possible. I'm always on the lookout for artifacts from the time when car travel was much more relaxed: Stuckeys, Howard Johnsons, Hornes. I rarely drive more than 200 or 250 miles a day.
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