American Odd: California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture, by Jim Heimann

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I continue my essay series, American Odd, with a look at the history of the American roadside attraction in Jim Heimann’s classic California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture.

JPJohnson’s Park & Mini-Golf, Milwaukee, WI

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Gas station, Mauston, WI

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From the Zippy the Pinhead comic strip … which I’ll be covering next!

And if you have 50 minutes to spare, check out this fun documentary by Rick Sebak where he explores unusual buildings.  Look for cameos by California Crazy author Jim Heimann and Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith.

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