Friday, August 23, 2013

Roadside GIANT: Quarter Everett, Pennsylvania

A drive along the historic Lincoln Highway can be quite pleasurable, as well as quite mundane. But along this historic heritage a few towns are trying to catch a bit of attention. Constructing roadside giants along the path allows travelers a chance for unique photo opportunities and for towns to get a little recognition.

In 2008 the small municipality of Everett, Pennsylvania had their roadside giant constructed. Standing 20 feet tall and weighing in at 1,600 pounds it's surely gotta be one of the largest quarters in the country. The sculpture was created in the local town of Bedford. Area students from the local technical institute helped in the creating process, as well as other local manufacturing facilities. The construction took a period of three days.

The quarter was chosen because of George Washington's ties to the county. He would often spend evenings in the county, as well as frequent local pubs and establishments. Another roadside giant accompanies the quarter in this rural county. The giant coffee pot in Bedford, Pennsylvania is located on a few miles away. Now if only there was a way to get a cup of coffee for a quarter.

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