Welcome to my America
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Welcome to my America

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I never called the circular road in my home town of Brookfield, Illinois a roundabout until well after the internet was popularized and MapQuest defined it as such. The roundabout was always called “eight-corners” or “the circle” (although, technically “Veteran’s Memorial Circle.” As a child I always thought that it was unique and different, and naïvely believed that it was the only of its kind in America. Those kinds of streets, I knew, they had in Europe, but I also believed Brookfield was the only American town to hold one.

Veteran's Memorial Circle - a roundabout in Brookfield, Illinois.

Besides the roundabout, Brookfield, Illinois houses a restaurant with a cow on its roof, a canon, a fake Liberty Bell, and ice cream shop called Cock Robin (which is, sadly, now up for sale). We have a zoo where all of our childhood field trips were held. We have a school called Gross. We have never had a Starbucks or even a McDonald’s.

Fake Liberty Bell roadside attraction in Brookfield, Illinois

I grew up in this little town of oddities and this was the suburbia and the America that I grew up with.

Cock Robin ice cream and hamburger restaurant in Brookfield, Illinois.

The landscape of America is full of silly little things that some people may pay no heed to or others find as eyesores. Those little things that you wonder “who put that there”, “where did that come from”, “what were they thinking?” These things are sometimes in the big cities and sometimes in the suburbs and sometimes in those little towns you’d never think to go to or have driven through without paying a second look.

But these are the things that give a sense of humor and a sense of wonder to America, and these are the things that I love.

SillyAmerica.com is my little project, celebrating all that is odd in America., be it people, places, things, events, animal, vegetable, mineral… Here, I will share my pictures and share my stories, as I travel and seek out the craziest places I can find.

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown near Berwyn's car kabob, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val is currently traveling the world and blogs about her life, food, and travels on her <a href="http://www.choosingfigs.com">personal website</a>.

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Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.

About Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.