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What are California’s craziest roadside attractions?




The giant donut on the roof of Randy's Donuts is adorned with a mini US Space Shuttle, strung up in the donut hole, on October 11, 2012  in Inglewood, in southwest Los Angeles County, California.
The giant donut on the roof of Randy's Donuts is adorned with a mini US Space Shuttle, strung up in the donut hole, on October 11, 2012 in Inglewood, in southwest Los Angeles County, California.
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The boom of the auto industry in the U.S. went hand in hand with the rise of a more peculiar American staple: the roadside attraction.

From Big Donut Drive-In in Inglewood to an ice-cream parlour shaped like an owl in San Gabriel, California was and is home to some of the strangest roadside anomalies, meant to entice drivers to stop in for a snack or just to snap a photo.

The new edition of “California Crazy: American Pop Culture” (Taschen America, 2018) pays tribute to these kitschy structures and the history they represent.

Guest:

Jim Heimann, executive editor for TASCHEN America and author of “California Crazy: American Pop Culture” (Taschen America, 2018)