World's Largest Greater Prairie Chicken, Rothsay, Minnesota - Summer Road Trip 2009 - Lomostop #20


By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and we stopped at every single World’s Largest thing we could find.

It was Day 15, over 6000kms into our road trip, and we were driving in fog all morning – not such good conditions for toy camera photography. I wasn’t sure I’d be capturing any lomolocations that day. However, in Rothsay, Minnesota, at the intersection of Old Highway 52 and 1st Street NW there is yet another over sized roadside attraction. This time, it’s a Greater Prairie Chicken. Apparently, the Greater Prairie Chicken was quite abundant in Rothsay, Minnesota at one time. I believe the commemorative sign said that their population was decimated because they were bright in color, quite ugly, and slow. (I must admit, I didn’t actually read the sign.)

On the paved shoulder of the old highway leading into this rest stop, there is an unexplained, white painted “X”. It is not the work of graffiti artists, I suspect, since it looks very much like the product of an experienced road painting crew. Upon seeing it, minidirklancer looked up at me with a grin…“Do you have a shovel Daddy?” he asked. I said “No.” and explained to him the unlikelihood of buried treasure this far inland, and we walked back across the road to the gas station and hopped in the van.

written by dirklancer on 2009-12-02 #places #foggy #road-trip #location #supersampler #lc-a #world-s-largest #prairie-chicken #buried-treasure

One Comment

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Cool ! Another one ! And in the series of my silly comments on your roadside attractions, the comment of today is a question: Is this chicken the partner of the giant viking ? (…) Could the white cross mark the position of their first intercourse ? Sorry, I know, I'm being silly...

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