With the advent of the automobile and the American auto culture came the rise of the roadside attraction. These attractions surged in the 1940's with their heyday extending into the 1960's when the modern interstate system pulled drivers away from older highways like Route 66.
While the trend peaked between the 40's and 60's, it started long before. Lucy the Elephant, now listed as a national historic landmark, was created in 1881, and still stands today.
Roadside attractions served to draw people in and capture their imaginations—and sometimes, a few of their dollars. The ones left standing today are a remarkable example of human ingenuity, creativity and fun. BusinessAttractions.Works is bringing them back, starting in Bucks County PA.