The Amazing Vacuum Museum, The Uranus Fudge Factory, A Great BBQ

Greetings All!

This is my 7th blog and those of you who followed my other adventures know that I often comment on weird things I observe. Usually this takes a few days into our adventure before I can report any weirdness. Well today, I witnessed copious amounts of weirdness on our first day! This is truly unprecedented. But before I get too far, let’s start at the beginning.

We packed the car and headed out around 9:30 am. Our plan is to drive to Sedona in 4 days. According to Google Maps we have about 26 hours of driving time. We decided to take 4 days and take a scenic route. The cool part is we will travel on interstate highways that follow historic Route 66. So we will be jumping onto Route 66 a few times along the way to check it out… and that is where the weirdness begins.

Here is our route for the day which was about 500 miles & 7.5 hours of driving time:

The Vacuum Museum & Major Disappointment

So our first important stop was St. James, MO (population 4,153) … Home of The Vacuum Museum 🙂

As we entered the town, cruising along Route 66, we were greeted with several helpful signs:

The Amazing Vacuum Museum in St James, MO

According to their website, it is the world’s first vacuum cleaner museum, established in 2009. It seems pretty odd that it took until 2009 for someone to get the idea of creating such an important museum 🙂 Their website also includes this gem:

“We hope you GET SUCKED IN to learn about the history of vacuum cleaners on your next adventure through America’s heartland!”

So enough talking… here is the joint in all it’s glory:

The Amazing Vacuum Museum in St James, MO

So, how big do you think the Vacuum Museum is? Well it was HUGE!! Checkout this photo:

The Amazing Vacuum Museum in St James, MO

For those of you who are still interested in the Vacuum Museum, here is a news report from a St. Louis TV station (man… it must have been a REALLY slow news day!)

Boy that was some riveting journalism!

The only disappointing thing was the place was closed for the night 🙁  BUMMER!!! Susie was really bummed and commented:

“It really sucks that it was closed” – Susie Shields

So yes, it is a little weird to have an entire museum dedicated to the exciting vacuum industry, but wait for our next stop…

Uranus, MO.

So about an hour down the road from the exciting Vacuum Museum we started seeing lots of billboards for Uranus, MO.

Uranus Fudge Factory Billboard. (Sorry for the poor quality of the photo… I took it through the windshield, cruising at 80 mph)

First a little information from Wikipedia (yes they have a Wiki page!)

“Uranus Missouri, often called simply “Uranus,” is a tourist attraction located in the rural area of Pulaski County, Missouri along Route 66. It is a shopping mall consisting of a Fudge Factory and General Store, a sports bar, a nightclub, a tattoo shop, a festival food truck lot, and an outdoor store with a gun range and pro-shop.”

Here are some important words from the Mayor of Uranus, from their official website (I couldn’t have said it any better!):

As you enter the area, you are greeted with the following welcoming sign:

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus, MO. The dinosaur is nice touch!

There are several attractions to visit including a “Gentlemen’s Club”

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

A nice pool hall with a clever banner:

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

A nice saloon and water tower:

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

But the highlight of the visit was the Uranus Fudge Factory:

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

As we entered the store, Carly (the sales associate) greeted us with a friendly:

“Welcome to Uranus”

Here is the inside of the store (Carly is on the left):

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Susie said the fudge was quite delicious and bought a hunk of it for the trip. They also had some not so clever items for sales (you be the judge 🙂  ). I thought they were pretty funny… Susie, not so much:

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

After a delightful visit to the Uranus Fudge Factory, I walked to an area with a couple of unique vehicles:

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

Uranus Fudge Factory, Uranus-MO,

So, it was great visit but what’s up all the dinosaurs? We have no clue.

After about an hour of exploring Uranus, we found a little “hole in the ground” BBQ joint and had dinner. It was quite good and cheap! Here is what we had:

After dinner we headed down the road to spend the night in St. Robert, MO. The only problem was this town is next to the massive Ft. Hood Army base and they were having graduation ceremonies. As a result, most of the hotels were booked and the next town was 90 minutes down the road and we were tired (I guess it was all the excitement and weirdness of the day). Luckily we found an independant hotel called Studio Z. I was a little leery about the place but it was actually very nice.

Well, it has been an exciting first day with lots of weirdness 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it!

Cheers,

 

-jj

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