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The statue of the canned pasta chef stands tall in Milton, Pennsylvania

Chef Boyardee's nephew, Paul Boiardi, was very excited to see his uncle as a statue.

A statue of Chef Boyardee was raised right outside the entrance to the ConAgra factory in Milton, Penn., this week. The statue celebrates 75 years of Chef Boyardee products being made in Milton.

Chef Ettore "Hector" Boiardi is the man represented by the statue, a man whose face many will recognize from the red cans Chef Boyardee pasta they grew up with.

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"He was a chef who, at a young age, was known all over the world. He was that good," Paul Boiardi, the famous chef’s nephew, said in a video by local news channel WNEP. Boiardi also said that he was very emotional to see that his uncle, erected as a statue, "will never be forgotten."

ConAgra employees rolled away an enormous mock can of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs to reveal the statue concealed behind it. An official can be heard saying, "And there he is!" as the can rolls away. "Welcome home, chef. Welcome home."

Watch the video of the statue's unveiling below.

35 best roadside attractions in Pennsylvania

Maybe you've pulled off the highway to take pictures of a giant coffee pot or driven a few extra miles to experience the peculiarity that is a "gravity hill." If not, you've probably at least seen signs for those types of offbeat attractions.

Pennsylvania is full of them.

Roadside attractions have been a quintessential piece of American life for generations. Families on road trips would stop in a small town just to see whatever oddity was there. Now many of these sites are still run by the families that started them, while others are new additions or, in some cases, switched hands to a local government.

For the sake of this list, we looked for quirky places marketed to tourists. Many are found on or near a major roadway.

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197 Shoe House Road, Hellam Township, York County

This home was built in 1948 by Mahlon Haines, the "Shoe Wizard," to serve as an advertisement for his business.

"He took one of his work boots that he sold in stores and took it to an architect and said, ɻuild me a house like this.' And he did," said owner Melanie Schmuck, who bought the property with her husband in 2015.

The Schmucks offer guided tours of the house for $5 per person. Tours are available spring through autumn.

Simpsons Urban Legends

(It was also a Johnny Carson joke but later reported as fact by CNN, Time magazine, New York Times, et al. In the original joke it's Homer instead of Bart).

Dan Castellaneta mentions Bart's popularity with the Iraqis in his forword to Nancy Cartwright's autobiography.

Mark Aaron Richey responds to this thread:

Um, no it isn't. "Uncle Don" was a popular children's radio show host in the New York City area from the late 20's to the early 50's. That story got attached to him sometime in the thirties. If he had said it, his radio career would have probably been over.

That story has been floating around since the early days of radio, late teens and early 20's. The story attached itself to Uncle Don because he was the most famous. You can see it happening today, with that rumor going around that anybody with a kid twelve and under is entitled to a savings bond from Gerber to settle a price fixing lawsuit. The truth was that a smaller company agreed to pay a much smaller amount to a small number of customers last year, but it mutated and attached itself to Gerber. Same thing happened with this legend. Truth it, Gabbo is the first "person" ever caught cussing at his audience on camera.

What's the most unusual roadside attraction in your Pennsylvania county?

Take a walk on the wild side the next time you make a trip through Pennsylvania. Here are some of the strangest and most unique roadside attractions by county, such as the Statue of Liberty of the Susquehanna River or the pyramid memorial to former U.S. President James Buchanan.

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Civil War Tails: Adams County

Location: 785 Baltimore St. in Gettysburg.

Hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed on the first Thursday of every month.

Cost: $6.50 for adults $5 for children age six to 12 free for children age five and under. $4.50 for adults and $3 for children age six to 12 if they are in a group of 10 or more.

The Civil War Tails at Homestead Diorama Museum LLC has several dioramas of Civil War battles, including Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. What makes this museum truly quirky, however, are the miniature cats that have taken the place of its soldiers.

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Trundle Manor: Allegheny County

Location: 7724 Juaniata St. in Swissvale.

Hours: All day weekends and evenings on weekdays by appointment.

Cost: Donations accepted.

The Trundle Manor is described as a "bona fide tourist trap (that) will leave you and your family scratching your heads wondering how you ever lived without seeing our establishment before" on their website. The venue has a number of oddities on display, including jarred animals, old taxidermy, strange weapons, antiquated medical tools and more.

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Checks Radio Museum: Armstrong County

Location: 660 Hillville Road in Karns City.

Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays from May to October. Call ahead if you want to visit the museum at any other time.

This Karns City museum features around 1,500 antique radios, from speakers that date back to the 1920s to Mickey Mouse radios from back in the 1980s, according to UncoveringPA. It all belongs in the personal collection of Mel Check, a former engineer for KDKA radio in Pittsburgh.

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Zuverman statue: Beaver County

Location: 3602 Darlington Road in Darlington.

If you make the drive out to Darlington, you'll be able to spot the gold-colored Zuverman statue outside the Brickyard Gym. The 20-foot-tall statue is modelled after a former owner of Zuver's Gym in southern California, where celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger got their start, according to CBS Pittsburgh. The statue, however, originally came from Portland, Oregon.

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The Bedford Coffee Pot: Bedford County

Location: The Bedford County Fairgrounds at 108 Telegraph Road in Bedford.

As its name suggests, The Coffee Pot is a structure that's shaped like a coffee pot with a spot and handle in Bedford. David Berton Koontz built the structure in 1927 to attract customers to his service station along the Lincoln Highway and U.S. 30, according to the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

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The Pagoda: Berks County

Location: 98 Duryea Dr. in Reading

William A. Witman, Sr. commissioned the construction of the Pagoda in 1908 to cover his stone quarry, according to its website. Witman wanted it to be a resort but wasn't able to do so due "to the bank foreclosure and the denial of a liquor license." Today, the city of Reading owns the Pagoda. It is seven-stories tall, 28-feet ride and 50-feet long.

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Castle Halloween: Blair County

Address: 2028 Broad Ave. in Altoona.

Cost: $10 per admission. Must schedule an appointment or book a tour with at least eight people in advance.

The Castle Halloween is a museum that has over 35,000 Halloween-related objects, including arcade machines and Day of the Dead displays, according to its website. It also has an antique shop where you could bring home a Halloween-themed souvenir.

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Bradford County Farm Museum and The Heritage Village: Bradford County

Location: 231 Gate 2 Lane, Troy.

Get to know Bradford County through its agricultural history by visiting the Bradford County Farm Museum and The Heritage Village. It's a "living history village" with a stage coach, schoolhouse, barber shop, maple sugar shake and more, according to its Facebook page. The museum also has displays of carriages and sleighs.

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Fonthill Castle: Bucks County

Location: The intersection of East Court Street and Route 313 in Doylestown.

Henry Chapman Mercer built the Fonthill Castle sometime between 1908 and 1912 as his home and a place to display his collection of tiles and prints. It's an "eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles and is significant as an early example of poured reinforced concrete," according to the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle website.

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Playthings Etc.: Butler County

Playthings Etc. is a toy store that's shaped like a stealth bomber in Butler. It has over 3,000 items "from classic toys to futuristic toys" for visitors to choose and purchase, according to their website.

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Johnstown Inclined Plane: Cambria County

The Johnstown Inclined Plane is the "steepest vehicular incline in the world," according to its website. It was built after the Johnstown flood of 1889 to connect the city's downtown with residential developments in Westmont Borough, which was on higher ground.

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The Little Museum: Cameron County

Location: It doesn't have an address, but you can find it using the coordinates 41.414313, -78.195452 through Google Maps.

The Cameron County Historical Society's Little Museum is located in a Depression-era school house, and its one of only two such buildings that are still left standing, according to Uncovering PA. Much of the exhibit features items of local interests or tools from area industries, including that of electronics manufacturer Sylvania, which was started in 1924 in Emporium.

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The Old Jail Museum: Carbon County

The Old Jail Museum is a two-story stone structure in Jim Thorpe. In 1877, seven Irish coal miners were hung in the building on murder charges that historians believe were false, according to its website. Before he was executed, Alexander Campbell placed a dirty hand on the wall and proclaimed that his handprint would be evidence of his innocence. The handprint is still visible today, even though previous wardens have tried to wash it away, paint it over and replaster it.

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Penn's Cave: Centre County

Location: 222 Penns Cave Road in Centre Hall.

Penn's Cave is the only Pennsylvania Cave that's on the National Register of Historic Places, according to its website. You can take a guided tour on a flat-bottom motorboat that winds through its caverns.

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Pennhurst Haunted Asylum: Chester County

Location: The intersection of Church Street and Bridge road in Spring City.

The Pennhurst Asylum haunted house attraction can be found in what was once the Pennhurst State School and Hospital, which was closed down in 1987 following "years of chronic overcrowding and patient abuse," according to NPR. When businessman Richard Chakejian turned it into a Halloween attraction in 2010, people argued that it trivialized the suffering that had happened there.

Chainsaw carving honoring WWII vets complete! For Larry Smith, president of the New Bethlehem VFW Post, seeing the.

Posted by New Bethlehem Vfw on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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Iwo Jima memorial sculpture: Clarion County

The wooden Iwo Jima memorial statue in New Bethlehem is 14-and-a-half feet long, seven-feet high and five-feet wide and can be found outside the New Bethlehem VFW Post, according to the Tri-County Sunday. It's modeled after Associated Press reporter Joe Rosenthal's iconic World War II photograph "The Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima."

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Giant hamburgers at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub: Clearfield County

Since the Clearfield restaurant is home to a whopping 15-pound burger, a gigantic hamburger sign out front plays on the theme. Inside, diners can order from a variety of sizes of creative burgers.

1452 Woodland Road, Clearfield, 814-765-7190

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Piper Aviation Museum: Clinton County

Location: 1 Piper Way in Lock Haven.

The Piper Aviation Museum preserves the history of the Piper Aircraft Corporation, which was headquartered from 1937 until its closing in 1984 in Lock Haven, according to its website. The corporation was known for making aircrafts, and the museum has displays that documents its time in the city.

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Graffiti Highway: Columbia County

You can find graffiti all along an abandoned section of Route 61 just south of Centralia, according to previous reporting by PennLive. It was closed in 1994 after an underground fire buckled and cracked open the highway. Steam can still be seen pouring out of the road.

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Read Between the Signs: Crawford County

You can find sculptures made using used Pennsylvania road signs next to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's offices southwest of downtown Meadville, according to Uncovering PA. There's also a mural in front of the maintenance building at 18499 Smock Highway.

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Tiny World: Cumberland County

Location: 6720 Rice Road in Shippensburg.

Tiny World is a miniature town in Shippensburg, according to It was established in 1985 when Ernest Helm built a Victorian-style "cat house" for the felines that wandered through his property. He went on to build other miniature structures, which all make up Tiny World today.

A replica of the Statue of Liberty rests on an old bridge piling in the middle of the Susquehanna River in Dauphin County Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, in Dauphin County. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Statue of Liberty on Susquehanna River: Dauphin County

You can spy this recreation of the Statue of Liberty along the Susquehanna River near Dauphin. It was first built as a prank in 1986 but a severe wind storm destroyed it in 1992, according to previous reporting by PennLive. The current statue, made with wood, metal and fiberglass, was lowered in place in 1997.

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The 1696 Thomas Massey House: Delaware County

The Thomas Massey House is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in Pennsylvania, according to its website. It's on the National Register of Historical Places and the Historical American Building Survey. It was the home of an indentured servant who later became a landowner.

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Decker's Chapel: Elk County

Decker's Chapel is one of the smallest churches in the Untied States, according to Michael Decker Sr. built it in 1856. The chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne Blockhouse: Erie County

Location: Behind the Soldiers and Sailors' Home at 560 E. Third St. in Erie.

The Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne Blockhouse is an 1880 reproduction of the site of his death, according to IT also houses a museum with exhibits detailing his involvement in the Legion of the United States during the Northwest Indian War.

As the story goes, Wayne died and was buried under his fort in Erie. His son later exhumed his body and rendered the flesh from his bones so that it can be buried in Radnor. Since then, Wayne's ghost wanders Route 322 in search of his bones.

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The Cross of Christ at Jumonville: Fayette County

Location: 887 Jumonville Road in Hopwood.

There's a 60-foot-tall cross that was built in 1950 for the United Methodist Church in Hopwood, according to

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Sherman Memorial Lighthouse: Forest County

The Sherman Memorial Lighthouse is a strange sight in Tionesta especially since it's 60 miles away from Lake Erie, the closest navigable water, according to Uncovering PA. A nearby sign reads that it was built to honor a local man's family heritage.

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James Buchanan pyramid memorial: Franklin County

Location: 2831 Stony Batter Road in Mercersburg.

Hours: Everyday from sunrise to sunset.

The 31-feet-tall pyramid made of gray granite, rubble and mortar at Buchanan's Birthplace State Park stands as a monument to James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It was built in 1907.

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The Frontier Barn Quilt Trail: Fulton County

Location: All throughout Fulton County.

If you find yourself in Fulton County, you might want to keep an eye out for The Frontier Barn Quilt Trail. A barn quilt is a large piece of wood that's painted to look like a quilt block. You can search a directory of the different ones you can find in Fulton County here.

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The Warrior Trail: Greene County

Location: You can find directions here.

Native Americans originally wore down the path that today is The Warrior Trail, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They made the 67-mile trek across Greene County and Marshall County, West Virginia, so they could access deposits of flint in eastern Ohio to make arrowheads, scrapers and other items.

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The Swigart Museum Antique Automobile Collection: Huntingdon County

Location: 12031 William Penn Highway in Huntingdon.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays to Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.

Cost: $8 for adults $7.50 for senior citizens age 65 and over $4 for children age six to 12 and free for children under six.

The Swigart Museum Antique Automobile Collection has a selection of 150 cars and displays between 30 to 35 at any time at their location. The museum's website states that it might have the largest collection of automotive license plates and radiator emblems in the world.

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Jimmy Stewart Museum: Indiana County

Location: 835 Philadelphia St. in Indiana.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Cost: $8 for adults $7 for senior citizens who are age 62 and older, military personnel or students $6 for children age seven to 17 and free for children under the age of six.

Indiana, Jimmy Stewart's hometown, has a museum that highlights the actors' work in film, radio and television, according to its website. It also has a room that's dedicated to his family's history in western Pennsylvania.

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Phil's Burrow: Jefferson County

Location: 301 E. Mahoning St. in Punxsutawney

Groundhog Day may be over, but you can still visit Punxsutawney Phil all year around at his burrow in Barclay Square. He likes to sleep toward the back of the manmade burrow.

The Horse's Run Room, is all ready for some more guest.

Posted by The Bison Farm BnB on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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The Bison Farm BnB: Juniata County

Wake up to the sight of bison and elk from your window at The Bison Farm BnB in Richfield. You can find out more about how to spend a night at the bed and breakfast through their website and Facebook page.

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Houdini Museum Tour and Magic Show: Lackawanna County

Location: 1433 N. Main Ave., Scranton.

Hours: Varying hours throughout the year. Find out more here.

Cost: $17.95 for adults and $14.95 for children age 11 and younger if reservations are made over the phone. $20 for both adults and children at the door.

The Houdini Museum Tour and Magic Show features displays of the iconic magician's original stage props, handbills, newspaper clippings and letters, according to the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

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Wolf Sanctuary of PA: Lancaster County

Location: 465 Speedwell Forge Road in Lititz.

Hours: Bookings required for Tuesday and Thursday tours. 10 a.m. on weekends from June through September and noon on weekends October through May.

Cost: $15 for adults $14 for senior citizens age 63 or older and $13 for children 11 and younger for Tuesday and Thursday tours. $12 for adults $11 for senior citizens age 63 or older and $10 for children age 11 and younger for weekend tours.

The Wolf Sanctuary of PA in Lititz provides food, shelter and veterinary care for over 40 wolves. The nonprofit rescue also offers tours where you can visit the wolf packs.

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Warner Brothers' First Theatre: Lawrence County

Location: 11 to 15 S. Mill St. in New Castle.

The first theater that the Warner brothers exhibited films in was a converted store in New Castle, according to the Warner Bros. website. You can still find the building and its historical marker in the city.

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Cornwall Iron Furnace: Lebanon County

Location: 94 Rexmont Road in Cornwall.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Cost: $8 for visitors age 12 to 64 $5 for those between the ages of three and 11 $7 for those age 65 and older and free for children age two and under.

The Cornwall Iron Furnace, which was built in 1742, is the only intact charcoal cold-blast furnace in the United States. Visitors can visit the Gothic Revival building and find much of its blast equipment and furnace standing as it did all those centuries ago.

merchants square model train exhibit Allentown, PA

Do you think your kids will love the Model Train Exhibit? Find out this weekend! Click through for showtimes and directions.

Posted by Merchants Square Mall Model Train Exhibit on Friday, December 4, 2015

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Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit: Lehigh County

Location: 1901 S. 12th St. in Allentown.

Hours: Show times are 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Fridays 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays.

Cost: $8 for adults $6 for senior citizens age 65 and older $3 for children age five to 12 and free for children under the age of five.

The Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit has 40 model trains — including steam and diesel trains and underground subways — and 32,000 lights, according to its website. The display also includes an amusement park, a drive-in movie theater, railroad yard, ski area and over 1,000 structures.

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Concrete City: Luzerne County

Location: Near Nanticoke. Check Google Maps for an exact location.

Concrete City is a square of about 20 abandoned double homes, all of which were built with concrete in 1911, according to These buildings were meant to house employees of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W) working the colliery in Truesdale. These days, it's a destination for graffiti art, paintball games and photography, according to the Times News.

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Bases Loaded: Lycoming County

Location: At the corners of Market and Third streets in Williamsport.

Williamsport honors Little League Baseball with 10 life-size bronze statues of players at each corner of Market and Third streets, according to the Sun-Gazette. The corners of the intersection are made to look like the bases of a ball diamond. Little League Baseball got its start 79 years ago in the city.

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Zippo/Case Museum: McKean County

Location: 1932 Zippo Drive in Bradford.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

You can learn the history behind Zippo Lighters and Case Cutlery at this museum in Bradford, according to Uncovering PA. Some of the highlights of the museum is its American flag made from 3,393 lighters and the giant Zippo lighter that's above its entrance.

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Avenue of 444 Flags: Mercer County

Location: 2619 E. State St. in Hermitage.

The Avenue of 444 Flags started when Tom Flynn, owner of the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, raised an American flag and 50 state flags to bring attention to the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979. He continued to raise more flags until the conclusion of the hostage situation Jan. 20, 1981.

Earlier this week, I had the chance to visit Lewistown, PA in Mifflin County. In their town square, beneath the Civil.

Posted by Uncovering PA on Friday, August 21, 2015

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Stone from Lincoln's Tomb: Mifflin County

Location: Monument Square in Lewistown.

Lewistown was given a stone from President Abraham Lincoln's tomb because the local Logan Guard was the first to answer his call for soldiers at the start of the Civil War, according to Uncovering PA. Today, you can find it at the base of the Civil War memorial at the center of Monument Square.

Phoebe's Little Wax Works of Mountainhome, Pa can still be seen at their new home, the Western Pocono Community Library.

Posted by Lehigh Valley History on Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Phoebe's Little Wax Works: Monroe County

Location: Western Pocono Community Library at 131 Pilgrim Way in Brodheadsville.

The storybook wax-figure dioramas of local artist Phoebe Conrad are featured at the Heritage Center that's located at the Western Pocono Community Library, according to Times News.

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Stoogeum: Montgomery County

Location: 904 Sheble Lane in Ambler.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. The museum is currently undergoing renovations and will resume its regular schedule in March.

Cost: $10 for adults $8 for senior citizens age 65 or older, military personnel or students age 13 or older with identification and free for children age 12 and under.

The Stooguem has 100,000 pieces of The Three Stooges memorabilia on display in this three-story building, according to its website. Some of the items date back to 1918, including several interactive displays.

1 Bloom Street in Danville. Built in 1792 by William Montgomery, the founder of Danville, this dwelling houses the.

Posted by Old Structures & Interesting Places in Central Pennsylvania & Beyond on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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General William Montgomery House: Montour County

Location: At the corner of Bloom and North Mill streets in Danville.

Hours: Open by appointment.

Politician and Revolutionary War General William Montgomery had this house built in 1792, according to Uncovering PA. He also helped found Danville.

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Columcille Megalith Park: Northampton County

Location: 2155 Fox Gap Road in Bangor

The Columcille Megalith Park has several standing stones in what its website described as "a park rooted in Celtic spirituality and inspired by the Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland." It's meant as a place that welcomes anyone seeking renewal and transformation.

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Chef Boyardee statue: Northumberland County

Location: 30 Marr St. in Milton.

ConAgra Foods has made Chef Boyardee products in Milton for the last 78 years, and the company commemorated that achievement in 2013 by erecting a statue of the food icon, according to WNEP.

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Old Sled Works Antique & Craft Market: Perry County

Location: 722 N. Market St. in Duncannon.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays.

The Old Sled Works has 125 antique and craft vendors as well as a sled museum and penny arcade, according to its website. It was once home to Lightning Guider's two-block-long factory that produced "millions of sleds and other wooden products" for nearly 85 years.

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The Mutter Museum: Philadelphia County

Location: 19 S. 22nd St. in Philadelphia.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Cost: $18 for adults $16 for senior citizens 65 years and older $15 for military personnel with identification $13 for students with identification and visitors between the age of six and 17 and free for children five and under.

The Mutter Museum looks back at medical history in the United States, and it includes displays of human abnormalities, according to It also features contorted skeletons and strange medical equipment.

Barbara Buchanan, president of the Pike County Historial Society, points to a blood stain on a flag at the historical society's museum in Milford, Pa., Thursday, June, 20,1996. For decades, skeptics scoffed at claims that a U.S. flag in a rural Pennsylvania museum had served as a pillow for the bleeding head of Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated in 1865. A cynical Lincoln scholar investigated the claim and was stunned after finding that the flag, taken from Ford's Theatre by a stage manager, is legitimate. (AP Photo/Craig Houtz)

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The Lincoln Flag: Pike County

Location: The Pike County Historical Society at the Columns at 608 Broad St. in Milford.

Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. By appointment on Thursdays and Fridays.

Cost: $5 for adults $3 for students and free for children.

The Pike County Historical Society at the Columns has an American flag that is believed to have been stained with President Abraham Lincoln's blood during his assassination in 1865.

We are having a bowl turning demonstration Saturday, September 5th. Also, we will have hot dogs and pulled pork.

Posted by Coudersport Ice Mine on Friday, September 4, 2015

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The Coudersport Ice Mine: Potter County

Location: 176 Ice Mine Road in Coudersport.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays.

Cost: $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

The Coudersport Ice Mine begins to form ice in April and continues to build up throughout the warmer months, according to Uncovering PA. Curiously, the ice begins to melt in September and there's barely any left during winter.

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis inspects his latest work, the statute of a hooded man ready for the gallows on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, March 2, 2006 The sculpture, representing all 20 men convicted and executed in the 1870s, often on questionable evidence, of murder, was commissioned by the Borough of Mahanoy City, Pa., where part of a planned Molly Maguire Historical Park will be located. Posthumous pardons are being sought for the members of a secret organization of Irish miners who took their name from a woman who led resistance to landlords during the Irish potato famine. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

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Molly Maguire memorial: Schuylkill County

Location: The corner of Center and Catawissa streets in Mahanoy City.

A statue of a hooded man about to be hanged at the gallows can be found at the Molly Maguire Historic Park, according to the Republican Herald. The sculpture is meant to represent 20 members of the Molly Maguires, a secret organization of Irish miners, who were convicted and executed in the 1870s.


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We have the world’s largest coffee pot

Serving as a landmark for all-night truckers, the Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot is known by locals as “The World’s Largest Pot of Coffee”. The old-fashioned percolator, which steams and flashes a light when coffee is “ready”, is a refashioned water tower. It isn’t really the biggest anymore after several more coffee pot-shaped water towers and buildings popped up throughout the world over the past few decades, but we still like to think of ours as the largest. And while we’re pretty sure it isn’t full of actual coffee, we can dream, right?

Omaha Familiar

We follow Sally the Map App’s cranky instructions for finding a giant spaghetti fork and find ourselves, instead, at the Omaha Zoo–smack dab in the middle of the zoo parking lot with no fork in sight. Brent uses The Force instead and we find a Little Italy village of houses near downtown and park the Jetta in the residential courtyard.
To our left is a 13-foot stainless steel fork with spaghetti in its tines. We sit in the car for a moment, deliberating, and one of us deduces that, “Look, if they didn’t want us to take pictures of it, they wouldn’t have put it there.” I’m not sure which of us says that, but it sounds an awful lot like me. That settles it, and we get out of the car. For most of our shenanigans up to now, we’re pretty much on public property or have the owner’s express permission. Today we’re in someone’s yard, without permission, in the interest of discovery and trying not to look like troublemakers. We walk a fine line.

The fork is named Stile di Famiglia in Italian, or Family Style in English, named for the serving style of passing and sharing large plates of food around the dinner table. It was made by artist Jake Balcom, and commissioned by the Homeowners Association of the Towns of Little Italy. It’s whimsical, and evocative of a time when “several Italian family restaurants defined the social life of the neighborhood,” according to an Omaha public art website found by the Googs.
Even the neighboring houses with their large windows, flower boxes, and close placement to each other resemble a gathering of intimate friends around this fork and pasta.

We peel ourselves away and start our search for a bronze Chef Boyardee, but Sally sends us to the zoo again, a backtracking, we discover, of about 20 blocks.

“We’re seeing a lot of this parking lot,” Brent says as he turns us around.

“I’m checking us in on Facebook,” I tell him. “There, we’re at the zoo parking lot,” I show him my phone. Now it’s official. We vow to plan a return trip to Omaha just to see the zoo and especially the Desert Dome, which is visible for miles as we drive in Omaha.

Against Sally’s protests and our own excitement at spending a day at the zoo, we head toward downtown, stop in the beautiful Visitor’s Center where they let us touch things, and find Chef Boyardee outside the ConAgra campus in its wide plaza, the ground of which seems to be winking at us—the ConAgra Foods logo.

The story goes that Chef Ettore “Hector” Boiardi was born in Italy, and followed his brother to the Plaza Hotel in New York City where Ettore worked his way up to Head Chef. In 1915, he directed the catering of President Woodrow Wilson’s wedding at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. But the Chef’s story, according to Wikipedia, is only getting started.
The Chef opened his own restaurant in Cleveland where he was known for sending his guests who would ask home with milk jars filled with his spaghetti sauce. In the 1920s, he helped his inlaws, who owned a chain of local grocery stores, to engineer his canning process and put his Italian foods on the shelves locally and beyond with the help of their wholesale partners. To keep up with demands, they opened a factory in 1928, and ten years later, production was moved to Milton, Pennsylvania where greater quantities of tomatoes and mushrooms could be grown.

Then—hear this–during WWII his factory was commissioned to produce army rations for the Allied troops, requiring the factory to run 24/7 and earning the Chef a Gold Star Order of Excellence from the U.S. War Department. When the war ended, it was decided that they sell the company rather than reduce production so that no jobs would be lost. That’s decency in America, and it’s a chord deep inside each and every one of us.

There’s a lot more to the Chef’s story: the unacknowledged Order of Lenin award, the sale of the company, investment in steel mills, money lost and gained, television commercials… How it came to Omaha the Googs wouldn’t say, but then, don’t all things eventually come to Omaha?

ConAgra Foods acquired the brand in 2000, and in 2011, artist John Lajba completed this 6-foot bronze statue of the Chef that he describes as possessing “class and a lot of charm.”

The bronze Chef is purposefully placed. He’s not in the plaza center and is not up on a pedestal, but is standing, ground level, on the edge of the circular plaza, facing any and all activity that may gather there.

With the statue’s kind face and with our familiarity having grown up on all things Boyardee, Brent and I find ourselves hugging the statue as if we’ve run into a long-lost relative on the streets of Omaha.

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    Omaha, Nebraska -The HI Tree

This tree is in an area that experienced a great deal of flooding in the summer of 2011. It is still accessible, but the plaque is gone and the bench was destroyed. We parked at the Florence Depot Museum (quarter mile southwest) and walked to the tree.

Omaha, Nebraska - The HI Tree

In the Dodge Park area of Omaha, Nebraska, there is a tree formation which seems to spell the word "HI." It has been recognized as a landmark of sorts, with a plaque and bench nearby.

Omaha, Nebraska - 9/11 Wings of Angels, Ball of Hands

In front of the Woodmen of the World Insurance building in downtown Omaha, Nebraska is a large stainless steel sculpture memorializing the victims of 9/11. In the center of the tall upright sculpture is a ball of cast bronze hands from 300 people.

As noted by Robert in an earlier tip, the easiest way to find the statue is to navigate to 707 Conagra Drive and look for building 6. The Chef was still there as of July 2019. He came over from Italy in 1914 through Ellis Island at the age of 16. He really is an American success story.

'As of 10/18 the statue was still here and accessible. I didn't see any building number but it is in front of the Charles M. "Mike" Harper Product Development Center. There is a sign indicating the address is 707 Conagra Drive nearby. To get there turn right at the entrance and you can see it from the main road.

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ConAgra Plans More Acquisitions After Profit Jumps

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that its profit more than doubled in the fiscal first quarter as it added to its roster of brands and benefited from one-time investment gains. The Omaha, Neb.-based maker of Banquet, Chef Boyardee and Marie Callender's raised its dividend and earnings outlook for the year, sending its shares up more than 6 percent.

NEW YORK (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that its profit more than doubled in the fiscal first quarter as it added to its roster of brands and benefited from one-time investment gains.

The Omaha, Neb.-based maker of Banquet, Chef Boyardee and Marie Callender's raised its dividend and earnings outlook for the year, sending its shares up more than 6 percent.

CEO Gary Rodkin noted that results for the quarter were boosted by the company's numerous acquisitions over the past year. In keeping with its "strategic roadmap," he said the ConAgra will continue to add to its stable of products as opportunities arise.

ConAgra also said that its costs for ingredients are easing, suggesting sales volume could improve as the year progresses. Like other packaged food companies, ConAgra's sales volume has suffered as it hiked prices to make up for rising commodity costs. That has been a particularly tricky task at a time when consumers are watching their spending carefully.

For the three months ended Aug. 26, ConAgra said it earned $250.1 million, or 61 cents per share. That's compared with $93.8 million, or 22 cents per share, a year ago.

The results included a gain of 20 cents per share related to derivatives, which the company uses to hedge against swings in commodity costs.

Not including one-time items, ConAgra earned 44 cents per share. Analysts on average expected a profit of 35 cents per share.

Revenue in the quarter rose 7 percent to $3.31 billion, which was above the $3.24 billion Wall Street expected. The increase was boosted by the additions of National Pretzel, Odom's Tennessee Pride, Del Monte Canada, Kangaroo Brand Pita Chips.

Toward the end of the quarter, ConAgra also acquired Bertolli and P.F. Chang's Home Menu frozen meals.

The consumer foods segment, which accounts for roughly two-thirds of ConAgra's business, saw an 8 percent increase in sales as acquisitions and price hikes offset a decline in volume for existing brands.

Among the brands that posted gains were Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, Reddi-wip and Slim Jim.

ConAgra said that inflation for ingredient costs in its fiscal 2013 is expected to be lower than previously planned. That will ease the price hikes it passes on to consumers, which should result in better sales volume.

Sales for commercial foods unit, which primarily supplies restaurants with French fries, posted a 5 percent gain.

For the year, ConAgra now expects adjusted earnings of $2.03 to $2.06 per share, up from its previous forecast of $1.95 to $1.99 per share.

The company increased its dividend by a penny to 25 cents per share, starting with the payment to be made in December.

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