Press Release – updated: Sep 28, 2017 16:34 EDT
BURLINGTON, Iowa, September 28, 2017 (PRESS RELEASE JET) – To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world-famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! cartoon, and the company, Ripley’s is delving deep into their archives to locate 100 unusual “Odd Spots”– Ripley’s Guide to the Curious Corners of America.
The first “Odd Spot” dedication took place on Sept. 26, 2017 in Burlington, Iowa for its unbelievably crooked street.
In 1894, Snake Alley was constructed with an experimental street design which replicated the vineyard paths in France and Germany.
“The uniqueness of this street makes it the perfect place for our very first Ripley’s ‘Odd Spot.’ We are looking for locations that have a cultural and historical significance to the town and state, and Snake Alley is an ideal location—a perfect match, odd and usual, and a must see if you are in the area.”
Snake Alley is composed of limestone and locally-fired blue clay bricks. The constantly changing slant from one curve to the next required a complicated construction technique. Today, the brick paving is still the original used in construction more than one hundred years ago.
“The uniqueness of this street makes it the perfect place for our very first Ripley’s ‘Odd Spot,’” says Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits & Archives for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “We are looking for locations that have a cultural and historical significance to the town and state, and Snake Alley is an ideal location — a perfect match, odd and usual, and a must-see if you are in the area.”
Each Ripley’s “Odd Spot” will receive a bronze plaque for permanent installation, an original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! commemorative framed cartoon, and a Ripley’s representative for a dedication ceremony.
For more information on Snake Alley, future announcements and dedications, or to submit your landmark as possible “Odd Spot,” please visit ripleys.com/OddSpots
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 14 million people visit its 100-plus attractions in 11 countries each year. In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in countries around the world. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the second-largest privately held company in Canada.
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Source: Ripley Entertainment
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