This Roadside Attraction
The One and Only Hippie Memorial, Oak Street, Arcola, IL, just off of the railroad tracks
He started the memorial, a rendering of his life in “junk,” in 1992, just after having bypass surgery and years after losing a leg to cancer. Each of the 62 feet of the artwork represents one part of Moomaw’s life: from the The Great Depression, World War II and 1950s hypocrisy on one end, rising in the middle to a colorful expression of the years when Kennedy and the hippies rose to the declining scrap of the Reagan years.
Although Moomaw died from a heart attack in 1998 his work lives on and still graces the town of Arcola with its hippie presence.
Site: The One and Only Hippie Memorial
Location: Oak Street, Arcola, IL, just off of the railroad tracks
Hours: Always visible
Costs: Free to See
Date: July 14, 2007