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52 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 The mural is one of several in the historic downtown district. Another depicts the crape myrtle, which is the official tree of Duncan. Many groups also stop for photos at sites around town related to the Chisholm Trail. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is a Western heritage museum and has a large bronze statue depicting a Chisholm Trail cattle drive. Chisholm Trail markers around Duncan also com- memorate sites that were important in the area's history. North Little Rock, Arkansas In the early 1930s, a real-estate developer named Justin Matthews was seeking to create a memorable park in the Lakewood neighbor- hood in North Little Rock, so he built the Old Mill, a replica of a water-powered gristmill that might have been constructed by Arkansas pioneers. The mill was constructed in 1933, and soon after that won unexpected fame. "The Old Mill is most popularly known for being in 'Gone With the Wind,'" said Stephanie Slagle, communications manager for the North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's in the open- ing credits of the film. It's supposed to look like an old abandoned mill — there are no windows or doors." The mill is the last structure from the film to remain standing and, as such, the only "Gone With the Wind" setting where travelers can have their photos taken. Groups often include a photo at the Old Mill as part of their tours through Little Rock and North Little Rock. Locals use the mill as a backdrop for their wedding, engagement, family and school pictures, too. In addition to taking a photo at the mill, visitors often take time to explore the surrounding T.R. Pugh Memorial Park, which features gardens and a number of distinctive architectural touches. "There are several bridges you can walk across, and all of them were designed by an artist who used a special technique with concrete," Slagle said. "He would use utensils like forks to make the concrete look like wood. He called it his rustico style, but it's really just fake wood." The park also has picnic tables and a small amphitheater, which groups can use for eating boxed lunches or holding guide presentations. Cuba, Missouri In its heyday, Route 66 was famous for its quirky roadside attractions where travelers would stop for photos as they made their trips westward. In Cuba, a small town in central Missouri located along historic Route 66, a local man has revived that tradition. "We have a giant rocking chair that used to be the world's largest," said Dan Sanazaro, former owner of the Fanning 66 Outpost. "It held the record from 2008 to 2015. Now, we call it the Route 66 Red Rocker. It's 42 feet tall, painted red, and it's quite a sight." The outpost opened in 2007 after Sanazaro bought an old roadside service plaza and trans- formed it into a Route 66 general store. Building the rocking chair was a way to attract visitors to stop in, much like the original Route 66 roadside attractions. "As a kid, I was totally amazed by a 10-foot rocking chair I saw out in front of a restaurant," Sanazaro said. "We needed some type of draw to get people to stop here, so I decided to build the world's largest rocking chair. People kind of thought I was crazy, but we held the world record for eight years." Although the Red Rocker no longer holds the world record, and the store closed earlier this year, the rocker is still very popular among travelers tracing the historic Route 66, who often stop to take photos. 800-364-8708 TOUR Bartlesville OKLAHOMA 45&10/(6*%&t*5*/&3"3:1-"//*/(t8"-,5)306())*4503: Centrally Located in United States .JMFTUP5VMTB*OUFSOBUJPOBM"JSQPSUt3PPNT 3JOHUIF#FMMBOE#MPXUIF8IJTUMFPG4UFBN-PDPNPUJWF/P &YQMPSF'SBOL-MPZE8SJHIUT0OMZ$PNQMFUFE4LZ4LSBQFS 7JTJUUIF5BMMHSBTT1SBJSJFBOE8PPMBSPD.VTFVN8JMEMJGF1SFTFSWF &YQMPSF0JM#BSPO)JTUPSZBU'SBOL1IJMMJQT)PNF1IJMMJQT1FUSPMFVN.VTFVN (SPVQT-PWF0,.P[BSU'FTUJWBM0LMBIPNB*OEJBO4VNNFS

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