The grain fields are giving way to wetlands today, hooray! The soil is a deep loamy black as we get to the
Not too far down the road we find an ox big enough to pull that Crookston ox cart. An eighteen foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan, his blue ox Babe by his side, stands next to the
We abandon the
This roadside attraction proudly proclaims that it was featured in the movie "Chevy Chase National Lampoon Vacation."
Our next stop is in
Our most intriguing discovery is the only gas station in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The gas station is in Cloquet, a small town about fifteen miles west of
The Frank Lloyd Wright gas station was built in 1958, near the end of Wright's career. At a time when a standard service station cost about $5,000 to build, this one cost $20,000. It has many of Wright's signature elements—a cantilevered copper covered roof extending over the pumps, ornamental copper trim work borders on the roof eaves and edges, and skylights in each of the service bays.
He included an observation bay and lounge with windows that look like an airplane control tower on the second floor. Wright wanted to do away with the pumps on the ground, delivering the gas from overhead pipes, but that plan was nixed, due to safety concerns.
Wright never actually saw his Cloquet gas station. He sent one of his apprentices to supervise its construction, since he was busy in
Our day's journey ends in