Apart from the usual sculptures and fountains paying tribute to heroes and historical events, odd monuments and attractions that commemorate the strangest things are scattered throughout the country. The following are three unusual monuments for tourists who want to see something out of the ordinary.
Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges) in Dublin, OH
From a distance, the former corn field appears to have been converted into a gravesite. Upon closer inspection, however, visitors will discover that the tall white slabs of cement aren’t tombstones: they’re giant ears of corn.
This publicly-funded art installation is meant to commemorate the city’s agricultural heritage and to pay tribute to Sam Frantz, who invented several species of hybrid corn.
The installation consists of 109 giant ears of corn made of cement, arranged in realistic farming rows. Each ear of corn weighs 680 kg and stands six to eight feet tall.
Locals have dubbed it “Cornhenge.”
Fremont Troll in Seattle, WA
Underneath the north end of the Aurora Avenue bridge lies a giant sculpture of a troll. The troll, standing 18 feet tall and weighing 6,000 kilograms, was created by four sculptors for the Fremont Arts Council in 1990.
The troll appears to be crawling out of the shadows of the bridge, holding a real Volkswagen Beetle, complete with a California license plate.
The Fremont Troll was inspired by the Norwegian fairy tale, “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and is considered by many as the town’s unofficial mascot.
Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise, AL
In 1919, the town of Enterprise, Alabama erected a monument to pay tribute to the boll weevil. The monument is the only one in the world to be erected in honor of an agricultural pest.
The boll weevil is a small beetle notorious for infesting cotton-growing areas in the United States in the early 20th century, nearly destroying the industry. The pest forced farmers to diversify. They transformed their cotton fields to peanut farms, a successful venture that allowed them to pay their debts and bring new money into their area.
The monument depicts a woman in a flowing gown, standing on a pedestal and holding aloft a giant boll weevil. Several theft attempts forced the local government to remove the original monument and to put a resin replica in its place. The original monument now resides in the Enterprise Depot Museum.