Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Memphis – Still Only the Second Weirdest Place in Tennessee

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

With five entries, Memphis is second only to Pigeon Forge with the most offbeat tourist attractions in Tennessee, according to Roadside America.

The authors of the popular book series and now the online version were sufficiently intrigued by Graceland, The Peabody Ducks, the First Church of the Elvis Impersonator (now defunct, unfortunately), the Crystal Shrine Grotto in Memorial Park Cemetery, and — our latest entry — the giant Statue of Liberation erected by the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church on Winchester.

Pigeon Forge, with seven entries, wins out with such oddities as the Debbie Reynolds Museum, Dollywood, and something called the Bear Pits. Quite a few of the attractions in that area have closed in recent years, though, so Memphis’ may reach the top of the list any day now.

At any rate, we’ve got more weird stuff to brag about than Murfreesboro. Roadside America gave that city a nod for owning — ho hum — the World’s Largest Red Cedar Bucket. That’s just sad. Check out the Tennessee list.

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