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10 Pennsylvania Roadside Oddities You Have to See to Believe

You might think that you have to travel Route 66 through the western states to see giant roadside oddities. However, I’ve logged thousands of miles traveling all over the state, and I can assure you that there are some crazy things sitting along the state’s roadways.

And, while there are dozens of other strange roadside attractions that I have yet to visit, I thought I’d take a minute and share the 10 strangest that I’ve come across so far. As I continue my PA travels, I’m sure I’ll pull over for many, many more great roadside oddities in Pennsylvania. So, look for a future update to this list!

For now, here are the 10 strangest Pennsylvania roadside oddities I’ve come across so far:

Peg-leg Pirate in Lehigh County

Peg-leg Pirate in Allentown, PA

Yes, that is a random peg-leg pirate sitting on a major highway outside of Allentown.

The peg-leg pirate statue just outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a perfect example of a random roadside attraction in Pennsylvania. Located along Route 222, next to the Terry Hill Water Park, the pirate is certainly a strange sight.

According to the information I could find, this 20-foot tall pirate is the mascot for the park. However, given that the name of the park has nothing to do with pirates, it is certainly strange to see.

If you want to see the pirate for yourself, head to Terry Hill Water Park at 10000 Hamilton Blvd, Breinigsville, PA. The pirate sits along the roadside at the back of the parking area.

Coke Tree in Dauphin County

The Coke Tree in Harrisburg, PA

The Coke Tree in Harrisburg is hidden away, but a great little find.

(Sadly, this roadside oddity no longer exists. However, it is still listed here for historical purposes.)

I actually discovered the Coke Tree when I was running to the library near my home in Harrisburg, as it sits about a block down from the East Shore Area Library. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to pull over and get a photo of this curious statue.

I spent a decent amount of time searching for more information about the history of the Coke Tree or why it’s there, but came up empty handed. However, it’s clearly been carved from a dead tree and whoever did the work had a great eye for detail, as it’s very well done.

Flying Saucer in Butler County

The Flying Saucer in Mars, Pennsylvania.

Can you name your town Mars and not have a flying saucer in it?

A miniature flying saucer might seem out of place in western Pennsylvania, but when the town’s name is Mars, it almost seems logical. That’s right, in a small park in the center of Mars, Pennsylvania, is a small UFO statue.

The flying saucer stands three feet tall and is six feet around. But what it lacks in imposing height or intergalactic history, it certainly makes up for in humorous curiosity.

While visiting the town, take a few minutes to walk around and notice some of the humorous Mars stores, such as “Mars Travel” or “Mars National Bank.”

The Flying Saucer in Mars, Pennsylvania, is located at 100 Pittsburgh St., Mars, PA 16046.

Sherman Memorial Lighthouse in Forest County

Visiting the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse in Tionesta, Pennsylvania.

Towering above the small borough of Tionesta, the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse serves no significant purpose.

Located in the middle of Forest County, is one of Pennsylvania’s most unusual roadside buildings: the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse. Its location along the Allegheny River might give you the impression that it serves a purpose, but it doesn’t. In fact, the lighthouse is located roughly 60 miles from the closest navigable body of water, Lake Erie.

The 75-foot tall lighthouse was completed in 2004 and was built by local Jack Sherman as a memorial to his family and to hold his large collection of miniature lighthouses.

The lighthouse is open to visitors several times a year, and, I’ve been told that the view from the top is fantastic.

For more information about visiting the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse in Tionesta, Pennsylvania, check out my full article.

Fiberglass Punxsutawney Phils in Jefferson County

There are 32 Punxsutawney Phil statues in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

There are 32 Punxsutawney Phil statues in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is known worldwide for its fantastic Groundhog Day celebration. To celebrate this heritage, the borough commissioned  32 larger-than-life Punxsutawney Phils to be painted by local artists and placed around town.

The statues range from comical to serious, but each shows off an aspect of Punxsutawney’s heritage. While in town, don’t miss Phil’s home, which is located next to the library.

The Punxsutawney Phil statues are located all around the borough. Visit their website for information on the location of all 32.

The Statue of Liberty in Dauphin County

The Statue of Liberty in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The Statue of Liberty in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg.

This replica of the Statue of Liberty sits in the middle of the Susquehanna River, just north of Harrisburg, along route 322/22 (It is also visible from Route 11/15 on the western shore of the river). The fact that it doesn’t cause daily accidents along this busy highway is quite remarkable, as it seems more drivers look at it than the road while passing by.

The statue is actually the second one at that location. The first was made of plywood and venetian blinds and was put in place in 1986 by a secretive group of local citizens. After it was washed away by a flood six years later, the second, larger, statue was put in place in 1997.

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    To find out more information about the Statue of Liberty near Harrisburg, read my full article with history and directions on how to get a closer look.

    Giant Zippo Lighter in McKean County

    Visiting the Zippo Museum in Bradford County, PA.

    The awesome entrance to the Zippo/Case Museum features a giant Zippo lighter.

    Until I visited the area, I had no idea that Zippo Lighters are made in Bradford, Pennsylvania. And, even thought I’ve never owned one, I took the time to visit their museum on the outskirts of town.

    However, what’s atop their building is nearly as interesting as what’s inside. You see, atop the entrance to the Zippo museum and gift shop is a giant Zippo lighter.

    While I couldn’t find any information about the history of the giant Zippo lighter, it’s worth seeing, as is the free museum inside. The lighter is located at 1932 Zippo Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.

    Fireman’s Drinking Fountain in Lehigh County

    The Fireman's Drinking Fountain in Slatington, Pennsylvania

    The Fireman’s Drinking Fountain is one of the most unique statues I’ve seen anywhere.

    Located in the town of Slatington, a few miles north of Allentown, PA, is one of the coolest statues I’ve ever come across. Had the Fireman’s Drinking Fountain been a normal statue, it wouldn’t draw much attention; however, the bright paint color makes this statue very unique. Of course, as the name implies, it also isn’t just a statue.

    When it was built in 1909, it was designed to recognize the volunteer firefighters of the town. The 12-foot tall statue was placed atop a drinking fountain that provided water for the community. Somewhat surprisingly, the fountain still works.

    The Fireman’s Drinking Fountain can be found at 560 Main Street, Slatington, PA 18080.

    Decker Chapel in Elk County

    Decker Chapel in Saint Marys, PA

    Decker Chapel in Saint Marys may be the smallest church in the USA.

    Located on the outskirts of Saint Marys, Pennsylvania, Decker Chapel bills itself as the smallest church in America. Whether this is true or not, I have no idea. However, at 12 feet by 18 feet, the chapel is quite small. Inside, there is a small altar, but little else, which isn’t exactly surprising given the size.

    Decker Chapel was built in 1856 by Michael Decker and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located on Million Dollar Highway at the following coordinates: 41.400856, -78.560403.

    Stinson the Dinosaur in Carbon County

    Stinson the Dinosaur in the Poconos

    Stinson the Dinosaur has a much more noble purpose than many roadside oddities in Pennsylvania.

    Located outside an old warehouse on a backroad in Carbon County is Stinson the Dinosaur. At 9 feet tall and 15 feet long, Stinson isn’t the biggest roadside oddity on the list. However, what he lacks in size, he makes up for in purpose. You see, Stinson was created to raise awareness and money for strokes (as well as small business awareness for some reason).

    Stinson’s bright red color stands out from the grey building behind it, making it a must-see roadside oddity when in Carbon County.

    Stinson even has his own website, where you can find out more about him and buy your own mini Stinson the Dinosaur.

    Stinson the Dinosaur is located at 2525 Interchange Road, Lehighton, PA 18235, or you can find him online at StinsonTheDinosaur.com

    Do you have a favorite roadside oddity in Pennsylvania? Let me know in the comments below!

    AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

    Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.

    71 Comments

    • Erin Galamba

      Along the same lines as the Punx Phils, Boyertown has bears all over their town as well.

    • ang thompson

      How about the coffeepot in Bedford and Mr. Pickle in Dillsburg….Noah’s Ark at Kennywood Park.

    • Max Meihem

      The Haines Shoe House in York PA should make any list like this!

      • Jim Cheney

        That’s definitely looks like an awesome place, Max. This is simply a list of the 10 best I’ve seen so far. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to visit and photograph the Shoe House yet. Otherwise, I’m sure it would have made the list.

        • Amanda Harmon

          The shoe house is worth a trip.. fantastic ice cream too!!

      • anne walker

        absolutely!

    • Lou Bernard

      This is a nice article. Just slightly inaccurate on the fireman statue, however—It’s where I grew up. The fountain part wasn’t added until 1979, when it was knocked down by a car. They added the water fountains during the rebuilding. Before that, it was, in fact, just a statue. There’s an identical one in the cemetery just up the hill from it.

    • m fisher

      It isn’t an oddity but there is a replica statue, the only of it’s kind, in Ashland, Pennsylvania.

      • Jim Cheney

        What do you mean by a replica statue?

        • Martha B

          It is statue of Whistler’s Mother dedicated to all mothers, built during the depression

    • Karen

      Meadville,PA
      check out the cool art made out of signs!

    • Kimberly

      How about the cowboy holding the giant hamburger outside of the Cadet restaurant on 422, just barely East of Kittanning.

      • Jim Cheney

        Sounds interesting, Kimberly. I’ll have to check it out someday.

      • Diane Johnson

        Just drove by there yesterday… it’s pretty neat!!

    • R.J.

      The Kersey Cow used to be located at the Ayrshire Farms Dairy the old Kersey Road traveling from St. Mary’s, but I heard that it is now on PA655 near Reedsville: http://www.smdailypress.com/content/til-cow-comes-home

      • Samantha

        The cow is located close to Reedsville along the road on the left if you are coming from Rt. 322. I pass it on Wednesdays going to Bellville to set up for market.

    • HGB

      I find very unique in the town of Elysburg Pa along PA-54 in front of Vic’s Transmission stands Turbo Man and his Dog Roverdrive. both made of transmissions and parts

      • Jim Cheney

        That does sound interesting. I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in the area.

    • Michelle Yerger

      I get to pass the Coke statute all the time. There was a story in the Patriot News years ago about it. If I remember correctly, the house owner loved Coke (of course). She had an entire room of Coke memorabilia and collectables. When her tree died, she had it carved into a huge bottle of her favorite beverage! It is now rotting badly at the bottom. How long will it still be there?

      • Jim Cheney

        Hopefully it’s not lost. It’s a very cool place to check out. I’m glad I stumbled across it.

    • Kelly

      http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/27905
      the fork in the road in Centerport, PA

      • Jim Cheney

        That’s pretty awesome, Kelly! Reminds me of The Muppet Movie.

    • Marty Betters

      You should check out the Wynken, Blynken and Nod fountain in Wellsboro: http://www.joycetice.com/articles/wynken.htm

      • Jim Cheney

        Interesting. Thanks for sharing, Marty. I’m hoping to be up that way sometime soon, so I’ll definitely keep this in mind.

    • Karen McAuliffe

      The York Barbell weightlifter at the Weight Lifting Hall of Fame along I-83 near York is cool, too. Also the Reading Pagoda. I know, there is so many, the list could be top 100.

      • Jim Cheney

        I’ve driven past it many times, Karen, and it is very cool. I just haven’t ever had a chance to grab a photo. There are also some cool things along I-81 between Harrisburg and the Maryland border.

    • Melanie Allegretto

      I also wanted to say the “Big Cow” from Kersey, PA that has now been moved! I am from Saint Marys, PS and love Decker’s Chapel!

    • Jane Miller

      There’s a place at the corner of State St. and Rising Sun Rd. in MIllersburg, PA that has a tree carved for (what I’m assuming is) their favorite baseball team -the Cardinals. It’s a large baseball bat with a cardinal on top. YOu can see it on Google Maps satellite image.

      • Jim Cheney

        Interesting. I’ll have to check that out the next time I’m in the area.

    • Dave Ryan

      Go to the lookout above Ohiopyle.

      • Jim Cheney

        Is there something strange to see there? I’ve been, and it’s a great view, but I don’t remember any oddities.

    • Denise Girts

      I too am from St. Marys, Pa and have had the pleasure of growing up around Deckers Chapel and the Kersey Cow, along with the Ground Hog in Punxsutawney Pa. I now live in Harrisburg Pa and have seen the Coke tree and the Statue of Liberty. Have you checked out the painted cows in different places around Harrisburg and City Island? They sure are different and I think you may like them Jim.

      • Jim Cheney

        I have see the cows in Harrisburg. Pretty cool! I live mere feet outside of Harrisburg, so I visit pretty often.

    • J. D.

      I remember when the coke tree was being carved. I was the mailman there. I know why they did it. But never thought they’d do that.

      • Jim Cheney

        Out of curiosity, why did they do it, J.D.?

    • Jon Rinker

      Jim the man that wrote about the firemans statue in Slatington was not correct . I happen to be part of Hose co #1 that erected the statue in 1909 and the fountains were in working order for man and beast. but some were around ww2 the fountain parts were taken off and melted down for the war .When the statue was hit by a hit and run driver in 1980 myself and 6 others on the statue restoration committee began the task of putting our statue back to its original look in 1909. We used old photos and had a firm remold the fountain parts from aluminum , Many people and organizations were involved in the restoration. Thanks and have a good day.

      • Jim Cheney

        Thanks for the great information, Jon. Good to know more of the story.

    • Chris

      There is a brand new carving in front of a private residence in Cochranton on PA 173 heading into town from US 322. It is out of a large tree that was taken down and is carved into a long-bearded wizard (Gandalf? Dumbledore?) and at the top of his staff is a cardinal, the HS mascot. Also, Pittsburgh has many dinosaur statues around the city, including Ketchupsaurus in Heinz Plaza.

    • Susan Lyon

      Decker’s Chapel in St. Mary’s is currently closed to the public. You can drive past and see it. But the foundation has taken a beating from the last couple rough winters and the building is tipping. It looks like they are in the process of repairs.

    • Nancy Martini

      I’m not sure of the exact location, but somewhere towards Pittsburgh I believe its in Kittanning or close by it there is a phone booth in old phone booth with a model in it or a mannequin and the man who put it there dresses it up in different costume. story goes that his wife was always on the phone so he ended up divorcing her and put the phone booth and a mannequin out there to represent her as soon as I find out what exactly what the road is I will post it

      • Betty DeSantis

        It is on route 28 between New Bethlehem and Brookville.

    • Mara Callejas

      ♡ In Cook Forest PA there is a Traders Post there is a huge Yogi Bear Statue! ♡ http://www.parkersindiantradingpost.com/

    • steve HR

      More great dinosaurs are the T Rex and think Triceratops located in Berwick at the entrance to Bills Old Bike Barn

    • Suzanne Fluhr

      The only one of these I’ve seen is the Statue of Liberty in the Susquehanna — thanks to having a kid who went to “We are….Penn State”. We Philly types don’t get to the rest of the state enough. We’re more oriented to the I 95 northeast corridor than the PA Turnpike.

      • Jim Cheney

        Very true, but there are a lot of things to do in PA, but close to and rather far away from Philadelphia.

    • tamara baughman

      The maniquin in the phone booth is in Summerville, PA on 28 south headed toward Pittsburgh… I always look for it every time I travel through there.

      • Jim Cheney

        Interesting. I’ll have to look for that the next time I’m in the area.

    • Melissa Smail

      If your ever in delmont route 66 there is a Volkswagen on a pool..it’s pretty cool

      • Ruby Younker

        I have seen that Volkswagen and think it is pretty neat. wish I would of took a picture of it.

    • R H

      the “fork” at the fork in the road in Centerport, Berks County. It was put there several years ago now and is a huge metal fork.

    • Larry Nagy

      How about the statue of George Washington wearing a British military uniform in Waterford, PA.

      • Jim Cheney

        I don’t know that I would personally call that an oddity, but it is very cool. Glad I had a chance to check it out and photograph it a few months ago.

    • Sue Altland

      That Fireman statue is not unique. Its famous and replicas appear all over the place. There’s one in front of the fire museum in York, Pa.

      • Jim Cheney

        There may be replicas, but if anything, that makes this one all the cooler.

    • Joy Meacha

      The coke bottle by the Dauphin library fell down fall of 2015 . Always thought that was so cool to see each time I went to the Library

      • Jim Cheney

        Really, that’s a shame. I live a couple miles away, so I’ll have to drive by and check it out.

    • Sandra Thompson Becker

      I really miss The Ship in South Western PA

    • Pat Pitkin

      How about the six foot “Fork” in the road in Centerport PA

      • Jim Cheney

        Funny you should mention that. I literally just stopped by it today. I’m sure it’ll make the next list like this that I make.

    • Ray

      The quirkiest attraction I have seen in Pennsylvania is the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. But, I will to keep my eyes open for these roadside attractions as they are pretty cool, especially Punxsutawney Phil! I am surprised there isn’t a random Bill Murray statue in the town to celebrate the cult hit, “Groundhog’s Day.”

    • A Woodling

      The giant white Chicken on the main street in Nescopeck, PA

    • Ang

      How about Mr Pickle who welcomes you to Dillsburg PA on Harrisburg Street?

    • Liz Post

      I have traveled far and wide in Pennsylvania

    • Robert Shumaker

      The statue of a Green Dragon for its namesake farmers market along Rt 322 in Ephrata, Pa.

    • Liz

      There is the random dragon on 11/15 near liverpool pa. Drive by it everyday, always wondered why it was there. Out front of lumberjack restaurant.

    • Eugene Hazy

      The lion water fountain at the intersection of Routes 19 & 68 in Zelienople.

    • Stephanie Long

      Somewhere on the Kylertown Drifting Highway, there is a big Yogi Bear statue In front of somebody’s home. Dont know why it’s there but it is.

    • Sandy schubert

      This place is awesome! http://www.thesnowmanportersville.com

    • Bonnie Sweitzer

      Thanks for the interesting information.

    • Heather Arrowood

      It’s not there anymore​. But there used to be a ship on a side of a mountain. If I remember right. Someone can correct me. Near Before pa. Was really cool to see. And I think there is also a tea/coffee pot. To check out in PA too. Can’t remember where

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