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Roadside Buzz – Henry River Mill Village: aka: “District 12” in the Hunger Games ~ Burke County, NC

Just outside of Hildebran, North Carolina on Henry River Road, about 1/2 mile from exit 119 near Hickory sits the abandoned Henry River Mill Village.  The community isn’t a recent victim of economic woes, but a remnant of a bygone error.  It is also the site chosen to serve as the deprecated District 12 in the movie The Hunger Games.

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Roadside Buzz – Tunnelvision Mural ~ Columbia, SC

Unveiled in 1975, Tunnelvision, the magnificent and massive mural created by Columbia based artist Blue Sky is a 50 ft x 75 ft work of art painted on the side of the Federal Land Bank Building. Visitors who happen upon the mural by accident describe it as “deceptively realistic”: though nobody has actually tried to drive into it.

Tunnelvision is located on Taylor St., between Marion and Bull Streets in the same parking lot (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) as Blue Sky’s acclaimed “Busted Plug Plaza.”

Roadside Buzz – George Washington’s Broken Statute ~ Columbia, SC

The State House in Columbia, South Carolina, is a must see stop for visitor’s to the Palmetto State. Complete with gorgeously maintained pathways and monuments commemorating the the state’s rich history, the grounds also include remnants of the U.S. Civil War.

In addition to metal stars located on the outside walls of the state house that memorialize damage caused by Federal troops during the capture of Columbia in 1865, there stands is a broken (some say vandalized) bronze statute of President George Washington.

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Roadside Buzz – Busted Plug Plaza ~ Columbia, SC

It’s called “Busted Plug Plaza,” and it’s four stories in height and weighs 675,000 pounds. This massive piece of art that purportedly can survive a direct hit by a tornado, was created by Columbia, SC based artist Blue Sky and was unveiled in 2001. 

Although two other cities claim to have the largest Fire Hydrant /Plug, busted Plug is both bigger and heavier and thus firmly holds the title. It is located on Taylor St., between Marion and Bull Streets in the same parking lot (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) as Blue Sky’s acclaimed “Tunnelvision.”

We stopped by to check it out on our trip to Columbia.