Offbeat Tourist Attractions - Information!

 

Well, did my 1st POI listing, You should find POI files for Offbeat Tourist Attractions broke down by State and also 1 large file with all the states inside.

I took everyone's suggestion by doing that. There are over 1900 attractions listed in all the files at this time.

I will love to update this as I get more information from all of you.

If you should have a place with a address that can fall under this type of POI file, Please let me know. I will love to update these files and keep them updated as best as I can.

Lt me tell you, I didnt think taking this on would be so hard.. but it was/is injoyable to do.

I sure hope you will enjoy these files and will love to get feedback from them to make them even better if I can!

POI Files

POI Packages

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House on The Rock

The coordinates for The House On The Rock at Spring Green WI are about 12.315 miles off. They should be:

43.0967509, -90.1347333

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Add a little Take a little.

Thank you for your work.

1 entry consider removing "Store Run By Gun-Loving Bigot". I vote to remove from the list.

Add: N 33 47.114, W084 37.588
Site of 1800's sweetwater creek tragedy.

Love the file. Thank You.

A new Update of the file!!

as of 08-02-10 I Added 71 more places to see. Added more phone numbers,better descriptions and marked more as Gone. we are now at total count of 5552 and growing!

If you should see something that is no longer there (or if we marked something Gone but still is there) I would love to hear from you so that we can edit the file.

Have fun with this!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

It is fun!!

bobkz wrote:

as of 08-02-10 I Added 71 more places to see. Added more phone numbers,better descriptions and marked more as Gone. we are now at total count of 5552 and growing!

If you should see something that is no longer there (or if we marked something Gone but still is there) I would love to hear from you so that we can edit the file.

Have fun with this!

I want to thank you, and yes, I do have fun with this file!! I put mp3 alerts with it. Even if I dont go there, it is fun to see what things are out there, and some stuff I do go see. So, anyhow, I am sure that I am one of many who do appreciate your work on the CSV. and GPX files very much!!

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Thank you also

I just wanted to thank you for updates--
Use this file with my travels in my RV--wonderful.

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Found More places...

Could not resist. Found about 86 more places that I added in the file, We are now at 5638 places for you to find and have fun at.

Will not be adding more again until sept. so go and download today!!

PS, Thanks for the users that said that they enjoy my hard work for this fun file. That is what keeps me wanting to update this monster.

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

But many are no longer there.

bobkz wrote:

Could not resist. Found about 86 more places that I added in the file, We are now at 5638 places for you to find and have fun at.

Will not be adding more again until sept. so go and download today!!

PS, Thanks for the users that said that they enjoy my hard work for this fun file. That is what keeps me wanting to update this monster.

There are several places listed in your file around my area that have been gone for 5 or more years. Check RoadsideAmerica and look for the ones they have said goodbye to.

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Stonehenge, Missouri Style

Enjoy this POI file. Here is the info for Stonehenge in Rolla, MO

-91.776572
37.956367

Stonehenge - U of Missouri, Rolla, Missouri

On North Bishop Avenue, north of the corner of Hwy 72 (North Bishop Ave)and 14th St., outside the Mines & Metallurgy Building on the University of Missouri campus.

I had driven by this a few times before realizing it was there.

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Uncle Remus Museum

Here is one I bet no one has been to. It's not close to anything.

Uncle Remus Museum
360 Oak St
Eatonton GA 31024

33.321682,-83.388169

Awesome list. Thanks for the hard work.

Happy driving.

Lend a hand

Box Car wrote:

There are several places listed in your file around my area that have been gone for 5 or more years. Check RoadsideAmerica and look for the ones they have said goodbye to.

If you have direct knowledge of these places, why not mention them explicitly? It would probably be faster and simpler than asking bobkz to hunt them down.

Miracle Virgin Mary in Window - Mercy Hospital

I found out a short time ago, that the window was taken down. You won't believe the traffic/security problem it was causing!

this file is great

On a recent road trip, my wife and I stopped and had pictures taken with statues of popeye, a giant raven, the maytag repair man, and a giant peach. Also stopped off to see the car Hank Williams died in, and the original Coca-cola bottling location.

We found all of these items less than 5 minutes off our route. Never left us lacking an excuse to stop & stretch.

Glad you Liked it

I am glad you found good use for the file. Sounds like you had a great time!!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Re: Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Very nice collection! Thank you for putting it out.

May I make a suggestion for you to consider? Based on what I've seen here in trying to catch up on the whole topic it might make it a great deal easier on you if you were to "schedule" (wrong word but closest I can think of) updates to your list(s) so that you don't have to do it ad-hoc. smile

I know you're a Marine and enjoy pain but I'd guess it'd give you time for other stuff. wink

And again, thank you very much for providing it! mrgreen

Re: Offbeat Tourist Attractions

I should ask, how do you want us users to provide modifications to you?

(Additions, Changes, Deletions)

I have one for you already. smile

Additions, Changes and Deletions..

mtiernan wrote:

I should ask, how do you want us users to provide modifications to you?

(Additions, Changes, Deletions)

I have one for you already. smile

The best place when someone has one of these, I have found that just to leave it here.. Then when I am ready to do a update, I go to this tread and use all the comments from the last time I have updated the file. When I get a email, sometimes it gets lost or have thought that I did it already.

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Re: Additions, Changes and Deletions..


<wpt lat="42.349978000" lon="-71.068067000">
<name>Coconut Grove Fire Site - Boston MA</name>
<cmt>17 Piedmont St,Boston, MA 02116</cmt>
</wpt>

New update

Just letting you know that I updated the file again and put some new stuff in the file. Also marked some older sites as gone (hate to see them go)

So, go and download the file and have fun!!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

I think I found one!

Lizzie Borden Museum
230 Second St.
Fall River, MA

Phone Number:
508-675-7333

Parking Lot Entrance:
41.69938 -71.15534

Ever hear the dark little rhyme some kids sing about Lizzy Borden? Back in 1892, she gave her step mother 40 whacks (with an axe), and she was so horrified with what she did, she gave her father 41?

It happened at this house. The locals have turned it into a museum and bed and breakfast!

I have to ask...

I am getting ready to update another version of this file. it will have a lot more places and better descriptions as well as more phone numbers in the database. Also will include more closings of places ( hate that)

What I would like to know, what if any other changes or improvments would you like in this poi file that i created?

I get a lot of ideas from all of you and do take most in and do what you ask. So let me hear from you before i start to upload the new and improved file.. yes,I will also be breakinhg it down by state for you that want/need that too.

So lets hear fro you.. good or bad.. i want the input!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

the only change i would make

bobkz wrote:

I am getting ready to update another version of this file. it will have a lot more places and better descriptions as well as more phone numbers in the database. Also will include more closings of places ( hate that)

What I would like to know, what if any other changes or improvments would you like in this poi file that i created?

I get a lot of ideas from all of you and do take most in and do what you ask. So let me hear from you before i start to upload the new and improved file.. yes,I will also be breakinhg it down by state for you that want/need that too.

So lets hear fro you.. good or bad.. i want the input!

The only change I would make is to be more consistent in how you enter locations. I haven't looked at your file in many months but one thing I did note was the inconsistency prevented any breaking down of the file into one I could use in just my region. Being able to strip out areas allows the planning of trips to specifically see some of these oddities.

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Another smallest church

We visited this church a few years ago.
Tiny Church: St. Anthony of Padua.
Address: Little Church Rd.,
Festina, IA
-91.89375
43.09972

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POI Doesnt Exist

I wanted to update you on the POI called "Foamhenge" from this file. It is supposed to be located off the interstate in Buchanan, Virginia, however this POI doesnt exist, there is nothing at this location. I've otherwise enjoyed this file tremendously, having found places I'd never even heard of! Thanks

Edit: I went and searched for what I was supposed to be looking at. The website indicatged it should still be there, although admittedly, I may not have been looking in the correct location. The website, Roadside Attractions, gives a little more detail about the location.

Thanks!

Shelbrain wrote:

I wanted to update you on the POI called "Foamhenge" from this file. It is supposed to be located off the interstate in Buchanan, Virginia, however this POI doesnt exist, there is nothing at this location. I've otherwise enjoyed this file tremendously, having found places I'd never even heard of! Thanks

Edit: I went and searched for what I was supposed to be looking at. The website indicatged it should still be there, although admittedly, I may not have been looking in the correct location. The website, Roadside Attractions, gives a little more detail about the location.

Thanks for the info.. I will look into this .. It may no longer be there but not sure.. Thanks again. I am glad that you are enjoing the file.

There is so much infomation in this its feels good that I can do it. I am sure there may be some mastakes but that is why I count on users to report them to me. I do try to fix them but some times over look or it gets a repeat and i take out the good one.

This last update really is a very big one, There is more than 600 new or updated entries .. i put in more phone numbers and new descriptions to help you find the site since sometimes the address reported is close to the area but not excatly. Have not been to all of them but hope others have been.

I think having the phone number there helps too. who knows. Enjoy!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Atomic Test Sites in the United States

Is Atomic Test Sites in the United States at http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16988 part of this POI?

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hmmmmm

hmmmmm

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
5702 York Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90042
-118.193558, 34.118717

450 different sodas in glass bottles (makes it very offbeat). Half forgotten candies, 500 different beers from around the world and over 60 different types of bottled water

Tourist attraction as per: Featured in AARP, Westways, and Sunset, and on such television programs as "Visiting With Huell Howser" on PBS, The Food Channel's "Unwrapped", CBS "Sunday Morning" or "Modern Marvels" on the History Channel.

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Also, locations in Atomic Test Sites (CSV Format) http://www.poi-factory.com/node/32006

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Foamhenge coordinates: 37.640723,-79.541333
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foamhenge

The POIs current coordinates (37.619662, -79.586733) are 3.6 miles southwest of Foamhenge

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Vince Nuvi 350

Thanks..

I will add these to my next update.. Thanks VERY much for your input! much apprecated!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Dead Man's Curve (That's no place to play)

"Let's come off the line, now, at Sunset and Vine."

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"I flew past LaBrea, Schwabs and Crescent Heights
And all the Jag could see were my six tailights
He past me at Doheny then I started to swerve
But I pulled her out and there we were at

Dead Man's Curve
(That's no place to play)
Dead Man's Curve"

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-118.420756, 34.076999, Dead Man's curve (race end from 1964 hit song), 9901 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

-118.326665, 34.097999, Dead Man's curve race start (from 1964 hit song), Sunset Blvd & Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

-118.364607, 34.097939, Schwab's Pharmacy (site of) in Dead Man's curve 1964 hit song, 8024 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Caution: Dead Man's Curve is no place to play, so you should keep away.

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Bishops Castle

Here are better coordinates for Bishop's Castle in Colorado:

-105.093756, 38.061298

5 miles north of the closest town, San Isabel

The coordinates in the current file are about 4 miles south of the actual location. The fellow has a website for this place:

http://www.bishopcastle.info/

I really enjoy your file. It provides some great entertainment when traveling.

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Great File!!

Nice Job, thanks for the file!!! Some places I never knew existed.

Zippity Doo da

POI Factory is the best!!

jpandcindy wrote:

Here is one I bet no one has been to. It's not close to anything.

Uncle Remus Museum
360 Oak St
Eatonton GA 31024

33.321682,-83.388169

Awesome list. Thanks for the hard work.

Happy driving.

America's Largest Items (Parade Magazine)

Perhaps add the contents of the America's Largest Items (Parade Magazine) POI at http://www.poi-factory.com/node/30119

to the ObTA POI.

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thanks guys

thanks guys

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Kudos!

Bob,

By far, this is my favorite POI (McDonalds with Playlands is #2). I just used it extensively last week on my South-West US driving vacation with my family and will be using it again in the summer as we travel counter clockwise around California. So far, I've probably visited around 50 places listed in the POI. I love the surprises the POI brings up all the time and I feel like I'm giving my kids an opportunity to see the US in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

Thanks again,
Vince

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Just in time for your Vacation...

I just updated the offbeat file again.. We have over 160 now and will be growing even more as i find them.

Enjoy!!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Error on today's (5/4/11) update

There's an error in today's file that ends abruptly at line 6231. (Tried to download twice)

I am aware of it and..

I am working with Miss POI to fix this issue at this time.. Please have patia\nce and it will be fixed.

You can downoad the gpx ver and will work just find at this time

will let all know when fixed

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

nice work

nice work

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Really a good file

I have not updated my file for a while now...I had a good time with it before so will grab it again in gpx format.

thanks everyone..

I am glad so many of you like my file.. I do put a lot of work into it and am glad it is appreceated. I see it is now #1 on the downloads.. That make me feel like wanting to keep working on it and so I will.. Thanks for enjoying my file. I want to keep it free for all those that enjoy it on POI-Factory which btw is my ONLY place to to for anything to do with GPS systems and poi files!!

Way to go guys and gals!!!

Lets give a big applase to EVERYONE on this site!!

Bob

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

These types of attractions are great

bobkz wrote:

I am glad so many of you like my file.. I do put a lot of work into it and am glad it is appreceated. I see it is now #1 on the downloads.. That make me feel like wanting to keep working on it and so I will.. Thanks for enjoying my file. I want to keep it free for all those that enjoy it on POI-Factory which btw is my ONLY place to to for anything to do with GPS systems and poi files!!

Way to go guys and gals!!!

Lets give a big applase to EVERYONE on this site!!

Bob

When I take road trips, these are the sights I like to see. Now, when I'm traveling for work, I can take a break if I happen to drive by one. Thanks!

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So cool..

I am working on making this to be a even bigger file than ever...

Thks for your kinds words about this great file.. seems like a lot of folks like the file..

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

So cool..

I am working on making this to be a even bigger file than ever...

Thks for your kinds words about this great file.. seems like a lot of folks like the file..

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Love this file!

Bob, I really enjoyed having this file on my GPS on a recent trip through LA (Lower Alabama) and Florida. Just when things would get boring, "Jill" would pipe up with "An Offbeat Tourist Attraction is nearby."

When passing through Clayton, AL, I found that the coordinates for the Whiskey Bottle Tombstone were off by a good bit. I parked just inside the entrance to the cemetery and took the coordinates off my GPS: -85.44985,31.88073 (confirmed later on google maps). The tombstone is located on the left approximately 100 feet from the entrance.

The Octagon House, not currently in the database, is also located in Clayton, AL. If you head toward downtown, the Octagon House is less than 1/4 mile from the cemetary. It is the only pre-civil war example of this style of architecture in AL and one of the few in the USA. Its coordinates from google maps are -85.449632,31.878633. We did not have time but I am told tours are available.

By the way, Kadie the Cow in Columbus, GA has been restored to her former "pasture" on Manchester Expressway near the Best Buy store. She is now grazing near -84.947579,32.506828.

Again, Thanks for a great file!

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So glad you like the file

I will update my database the next time I upload it here ..

I am glad you and a lot of other users here love this file.. i almost stopped updating the file a while back but I uess I cant now.. to many folks love the file.

A reminder.. Any time anyone is in NY and see a licence plate holder that has "Retired marine" and a "packers Sticker" on the back, Make sure you say HI.. I would love to chat!!!!

Bob

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

will do

will do

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New Update con its way,,

I am uploading a new version of this file on POI factory now.

If only you guy and gals know how hard it is to find new off beat and strange attraction.. I sometime include places that you might overlook.

I will keep looking for for now, I anted to update this file for all of you that are or will be going on vacation soon.

Enjoy all..

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Corrected location

Huge Wooden Colonial Guy -88.28864 41.96417

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Thanks!

bobkz wrote:

I am uploading a new version of this file on POI factory now.

Thanks for the update! I always enjoy it when one of the offbeat attractions unexpectedly pop up on my GPS!

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