1¾” ROADSIDE AMERICA SHARTLEVILLE PENNSYLVANIA PIN BACK

1 ¾” ROADSIDE AMERICA SHARTLEVILLE PENNSYLVANIA PIN BACK. The hazy claims of Roadside America's billboards ("You Have to See It!") have been luring travelers since 1941. It is not until you arrive, passing an incongruously large fiberglass Amish couple, that you know the attraction is actually a miniature village representing small-town America. The late Laurence T. Gieringer crafted the tiny town his entire life. Roadside America is laid out in one big room, some 6,000 square feet, with walkways around the perimeter. There are lots of buttons to push to get mechanical things to work, trains to move, or lights to blink. The overhead observation deck is for parents, and has its own set of buttons. Every aspect of normal life half a century ago is arrayed in town squares, parks and railway stations -- though you won't find any pawn shops or tattoo parlors. In fact, since Gieringer died in 1961, nothing has been added and the march of history comes to parade rest, circa 1960. Of special note is the underground portion of the layout, where you can play tiny tourist and visit Luray Caverns , or a coal mine. And the climax of any trip to Roadside America is the every-half-hour Sound and Light show. Night falls over the sleepy town, and a patriotic multimedia slide show illuminates one wall. Over the decades, the color has been accidentally

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