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Bizarre roadside display made our jaws drop. Help figure out what’s behind it

As much as Sweetums and I love roadside oddities, sometimes we come across a sight that makes even our mouths drop. I can’t remember one that caused us the consternation as the one we saw Friday in Baldwin County, Alabama.

It was a roadside display of knick-knacks. We’ve seen a few of those, often groupings of little concrete garden statues, sometimes handmade objects or folk art. What we found Friday was different. It was actually a little frightening.

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Objects from a bizarre roadside display we came across on Alabama Highway 59 between Chrysler and Little River in Baldwin County. (Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)

It was nearing dusk and we were traveling Alabama Highway 59, a two-lane country road. We left Mobile that afternoon heading home but, as usual, we didn’t take a direct route to Huntsville.

We had just remarked on a sign for the Chrysler community, saying we’d never heard of it, and were headed toward a place called Little River (there’s a more well-known Little River in north Alabama). As we drove past a row of what appeared to be weathered stuffed animals set in various scenes along the road, Sweetums pointed and I looked out the window, mouth open. Then we looked at each other with the unspoken message that we were going to turn around and go figure out what the heck we’d just seen. We were able to park in a dirt road directly across from the display so we could walk over and take photos.

It was so creepy and had no purpose we could discern. I was a little nervous already when I heard voices in the woods beyond the dirt road so I got in the car and locked the door while Sweetums made a video.

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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look and decide for yourselves. A few things you can’t tell from the photos: a T-shirt with a message against domestic violence, a book cover made from wood with a title painted on the spine, “The Farmer: EIEIO,” the spray-painted message “Lives Matter” alongside a painted teddy bear, followed by another painted message “Give a Damn.”

The strangest part of the display was what appeared to be the figure of a woman made from a stuffed dress and set on a log, its “arms” holding an empty soda bottle. It had no head. Nearby lay a little girl’s dress.

The groupings and messages made little sense to us. What do you think?

PHOTOS CONTINUE AFTER VIDEO

 

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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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(Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
Objects from a bizarre roadside display we came across on Alabama Highway 59 between Chrysler and Little River in Baldwin County. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)

3 thoughts on “Bizarre roadside display made our jaws drop. Help figure out what’s behind it”

  1. Sadly, I’d say that this is a memorial to a woman (and perhaps her child or children) who were killed (or severely harmed) by someone she once loved. Maybe someone who stood by and didn’t do anything to stop it, i.e., “Give a damn.” The stuffed animals could be a tableau of what happened (a house fire, maybe, that killed a family?), I couldn’t tell, but could the empty soad bottle (what size) be the child?

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    1. It will be interesting to see if anyone can tell us anything about it. It was so creepy and sad at the same time because the little animals had been rained on and were falling apart. It’s by far the strangest roadside memorial we’ve seen, if that’s what it is, and that’s saying something.

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