Helen Hatzis
Helen Hatzis
August 28, 2020 ·  2 min read

5 Quirky Roadside Attractions in Pennsylvania

One of the best things about a road trip is the quirky roadside attractions you’ll see along the way. And if you are driving through Pennsylvania, you will see examples of novelty architecture and sculptures. Keep this list handy if you are heading to Pennsylvania!

Quirky roadside attractions

The Haines Shoe House in York

Location: Along Route 30 east of York

Step into the Haines Shoe House to see what this famous roadside attraction has to offer. They are a seasonal business. Be sure to view their hours prior to visiting. Take a guided tour of all 5 levels of the Haines Shoe House and learn what it’s really all a-boot!

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Photo: Wikipedia

Flying Saucer in Mars

Location: 100 Pittsburgh St., Mars, PA 16046

The aliens have landed! This replica of a spaceship is the town’s nod to its unusual name – Mars. It is located a block away from the historical society/train museum.

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Photo: https://marsborough.com

Koontz Coffee Pot in Bedford

Location: Along the historic Lincoln Highway just west of Bedford, PA

In Bedford, David Berton Koontz built the Coffee Pot next to his service station in 1927 to attract customers. It was made of bricks and covered in sheet metal and was 18 feet tall and 22 feet wide. The Pot changed hands at various points, becoming a diner, bus station, and a bar. In the 80s, the Pot closed and languished in disrepair. However, in 2003, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor bought the pot and, with the help of a state grant, moved it from its old location to the Bedford County Fairgrounds and restored it. It now acts as a museum for the Bedford Fair. [1]

Photo: Wikipedia

Giant Cowboy in Kittanning

Location: Along Route 422 just east of Kittanning

Meet Sam. Standing over 30 feet high and wielding a hefty hamburger outside the Cadet Restaurant, this finely-crafted man made out of fibreglass has become a well-known landmark over the years. Getting his name from an officer that used to patrol the parking lot to keep an eye out for trouble, Sam has always been popular with the customers.

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Photo: Roadside Architecture

The Statue of Liberty near Harrisburg

Location: In the middle of the Susquehanna River, just north of Harrisburg, along route 322/22

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Photo: Pennlive.com

Actually, it is a replica of a replica. The current statue is the second little Lady Liberty. The first was 18 foot tall and made of plywood and Venetian blinds. It was erected in 1986 as a patriotic prank to commemorate the centennial of the original Statue of Liberty. No one knew who made it or how it got there, and no one would come forward to take the credit/blame. It wasn’t until years later in 2011 that local lawyer, Gene Stilp finally owned up to not only orchestrating the making of the statue. [1]

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