The Enchanted Highway

Dear readers, I have a confession to make.

My first impression of North Dakota was “… could a state GET any more flat?!?”*

*Chandler inflection required.

Then I drove west of Bismarck, and that’s where all the hills and buttes start rising over the horizon and come looming towards you as you drive. It’s as if Bismarck is a big button pulling the east side’s landscape taut and wrinkling up the west.

It is in this wrinkly west that you’ll find THE ENCHANTED HIGHWAY- I-90 and 100th 1/2 Ave., Dickinson, ND.

Basically, at exit 72 off of I-90, you’ll see this.

“Geese in Flight” (2001), also known as Guinness’ World’s Largest Scrap Metal Sculpture; built from oil well piping and oil tanks.

This is the first of eight large scrap metal art pieces that stretch the 32 miles south down 100th 1/2 Ave. all the way to Regent, ND, where you’ll find the final piece and gift shop.

Each piece is impressive, huge, and has parking! Sometimes roadside art is so hard to appreciate when there is nowhere to pull over and look.

After “Geese in Flight,” some of the other pieces you will see are:

“The Deer Family” (2002), as seen from inside the small scrap metal maze constructed next to it; deer also made from oil well tanks.
“Teddy Rides Again” (1993); built from well pipe.
“Tin Family” (1991); built out of farm equipment and telephone poles.

… and more! The last one is a large whirly gig that runs when you push the nearby button.

Along the way is Black Butte, which was a landmark in the stage coach traveling days and is said to have buried treasure on it. If, unlike me, you happen to have a map, pick axe, shovel, and all the time in the world in your trunk, then go for it! Actually, check if it’s legal first.

It’s called Black Butte because it looks black at sunset… doesn’t anything in front of a sunset appear black? I should have looked at this at sunset so I would not be inclined to make smart remarks. Then again, I might be more inclined, who knows?

The Enchanted Highway is definitely a good way to break up that long drive through North Dakota. Though there is indeed some pretty country, it’s good to have cultured excuses to stretch you legs.

Until next time, dahlings…

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