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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Enchanted Highway

Dickinson,  ND

We arrived at North Park Campgrond in Dickinson yesterday morning.    More on the campground at a later post.

This morning we wandered down the Enchanted Highway, a 32 mile drive from Exit 72 of I94 south to the quaint town of Regent.   Along the route are the worlds largest metal sculptures.

Geese in Flight - 2001    It is in the Guinness World Book of Records as the largest scrap metal sculpture.  It's built of used oil well pipe and oil tanks, weighing over 75 tons.

The drive up to the sculpture, 100's of geese on metal posts.   This sculpture is right next to I94 and can be seen for miles.

The sun ray is 156 feet long and 110 feet tall.   The largest goose has a 30 foot wing span and is 19 feet long.

The Deer Family - 2002

Made from oil well tanks cut apart and welded.  The buck is 75 feet tall and 60 feet long.  The doe is 50 feet tall and 50 feet long.

In the area of the deer is this maze made in various designs on 1/2 inch steel.

Each sculpture site has a large parking area with a sheltered picnic table.  

12 miles down the road from the deer is

Grasshoppers in the Field - 1999

The grasshoppers were the 4th site erected.  The large grasshopper is 50 feet long, 40 feet tall.

Fisherman's Dream - 2006

This three dimensional sculpture is made of tin.  Jumping out of the water is a 70 foot long rainbow trout.

Pheasants on the Prairie - 1996

These are made of wire mesh.  The rooster is 40 feet high, hen is 35 feet and chicks are 15 feet tall and 20 feet long.

Lots of these little fellows are living in the pipes that make up the feet of the pheasant.

Teddy Rides Again - 1993

This is a tribute to Teddy Roosevelt.   Teddy and his horse Mulley stand 51 feet tall and weighs over 9,000 pounds.

Tin Family - 1991

The Tin Family was the first site erected on the Enchanted Highway.  Built of used farm equipment, it took local farmers hours of labor and welding.  The Tin Pa is 45 feet and is held up by 16 telephone poles.  Ma is 44 feet, son is 23 feet.

For an idea of how tall Pa is, Len is standing in front of him.

In the end of the Highway lies the town of Regent.   There is a cafe, museum, playground, a bar, and small co-op grocery store and this, the gift shop where we purchased post cards and hand dipped ice cream cones.

The town of Lefor lies midway on the Enchanted Highway.   It consists of several abandoned homes, homes needing tender love and a few nice homes.   This is what remains of their bank.

 The drive was lovely and a fine way to spend the morning.


where's weaver said...

I LOVE that drive. The family is my favorite. Great job!

There is something similar to the metal sculptures in Houston. When we put it up on our blog, people who have lived in Houston all their life never heard of it

JOJO said...

What a fun adventure. Love the sculptures.

Laurie and George said...

What a cool find! I love things like this in little towns. Must have taken each sculpture so many hours to complete.

Rick Doyle said...

It's always interesting to see some of the strange and odd sites as we drive along the highways. It sure breaks up a day though.

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