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Potential Penny Locations that I missed…. or preceded… or something

Posted in Crazy Wisdom on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 1:10 am by flerly.

Damn my lack of research when traveling…

I’ve missed stopping in these exciting tourist locations to get pennies squished!! (according to PennyCollector.com) Apparently There are even TWO in FREAKING BRISTOL… perhaps I should visit my mother…

Bristol Motor Speedway … you can hear this place fom my mom’s house
Bristol, Tennessee

Birthplace of Country Music Alliance – BCMA — oooh, on the Virginia side
Bristol, Virginia

Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, Virginia

Busch Gardens – Visited with Sis and Frewtnut niece at about 15
Williamsburg, Virginia

Tennessee Aquarium/IMAX Center — Hello?!? How many times have I been here?
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum – Oh, we only went to Gatlinburg every weekend of the summer as a kid…
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Lost Sea – drove by this 80 million times back and forth to college, finally stopped.
Sweetwater, Tennessee

Knoxville Zoo – At least 5 school field trips here, and mom and dad used to take us, too.
Knoxville, Tennessee

American Museum of Science & Energy – The damn Duro office was RIGHT THERE… I bet James went.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Hanauma Bay Gift Shop – This Bay is where I went snorkelling for the first time!
Oahu – Honolulu, Hawaii

Mexicoach Bus Terminal – Only one in Tijuanna, and since I’ve been thee twice, you’d think I’d look for this.
Tijuana, Mexico

Dolphin Encounters – The first time I went I didn’t have the money to do anything — at 21, when James and I went back in 2005, he wasn’t intereted in this tip… boo…
Nassau, Bahamas

Beech Mountain Ski Resort – Again, this was a pretty regular teenage wintertime hangout
Banner Elk, North Carolina

Tweetsie Railroad – I have a million pictures and a toy rubber band gun from here though…
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Ghost Town In The Sky – I know we visitied here at least once, then drove by it (and Twitty City) a million times with the kids asking, Can we go again? I don’t think Mom liked it…
Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine — I’ve stopped to pan fo gold twice in my life at a touristy spot — this is one.
Cherokee, North Carolina

Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf – I think this is the joint we played at with Marc & Jennie a few years ago that had the most annoying pirate song in the world!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Charleston Visitor Center — Seriously? I went in here to ask for directions to Market Street.
Charleston, South Carolina

Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum – Visited at about 12 and again at 20, and didn’t see one either time.
Washington, DC

Key West Aquarium – Man! If I’d known! We posed for stupid pictures with “The Creepy Captain Statue” outside this place!
Key West, Florida

SeaWorld – One visit here, at about 16 with sis and frewtnut niece.
Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios – James and I just went here like 3 years ago at Thanksgiving
Orlando, Florida

Ponce de Leon Fountain of Youth – Another frequent childhood vacation stop
St. Augustine, Florida

The Jacksonville Landing – We all went down hee to have dinner when they just opened or reopoened or something — I was 21! Brother JC lives in JAX
Jacksonville, Florida

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Brother Wayne used to live in Ft. Myers, and mom has a cool print we bought when we visited this place… but no pennies…
Ft. Myers, Floida

Grand Canyon National Park – Saw it at 19 on our crazy drive in the desert vacation
Grand Canyon, Arizona

Las Vegas Hilton-Star Trek Experience – THIS is where we feaking stayed last spring!! How did I miss THIS one?
Las Vegas, Nevada

California Welcome Center – We walked all over Oceanside until mom’s feet gave out, Feb 2006, and I never found a machine…
Oceanside, California

Balboa Park Visitors Center – Have lots of pictures fom the 2005 visit, but no pennies
San Diego, California

Miller Park Zoo — I was just surprised to find one near my work trip destination. Have to go back 2nd week of May, maybe I’ll hunt this down…
Bloomington, Illinois

Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Another work trip, we stayed at a hotel right by this, and I begged fo a half-day to go…
San Antonio, Texas

National Corvette Museum – James and Pete just drove right by here on their fireworks trip — and it’s my new “next place” to visit…
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Greyhound Bus Station – Seriously? The scenic bus station…
Birmingham, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center – Driven past about a million times on the trip from Chattanooga to Sis’, but never stopped.
Huntsville, Alabama

Dahlonega General Store – How did we miss a machine?!?
Dahlonega, Georgia

Rock City Gardens – Been there 3-4 times, guess I should go back.
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

River Street Sweets – Only been to Savannah once, about 8 years ago for a drunken St. Patrick’s day weekend with Kit
Savannah, Georgia

MANY MANY supposedly exist around Atlanta, which I need to hunt down, espeically this one:

Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain, Georiga

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  1. rskipwo has made a Comment

    I love these things! Do you have a decent collection?

    April 23, 2008 @ 3:33 am

  2. flerly has made a Comment

    I have 30 right now in my recently purchased souvenir coin album. Maggie & I found it at the Atlanta Zoo, so now I have a place to keep them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a machine and walked passed it, as I have lots of memories of begging people for money to make these things. If I missed all these ones at places I’ve been, then I don’t think the machines were there yet, since I have several over the years from machines that the list says are now gone… like the Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii and even one from 6 flags Georgia that’s now gone.

    I managed to get a ton from my visit to Hollywood at 19, I’ve got Dollywood and the Chattanooga Choo Choo and the Incline Railway from local trip, then I’ve done pretty well at finding at least one on our big trips lately – New York New York Casino, several from San Francisco, San Diego, even one from Bermuda and a couple from Charleston.

    It’s the location of these machines that kills me though. I told James we HAVE to stop by the bus station next time we go through Birmingham on the way to my sis’ house — he’s like THE BUS STATION!?!? Yeah.

    April 23, 2008 @ 10:29 am

  3. randomrants has made a Comment

    I collect postcards 😉

    It started with just me picking them up at the places I went, but it eventually expanded to others. I simply ask for folks to sign and date it, if they do manage to find me one (or, usually, REMEMBER to find me one).

    Is there any particular rhyme or reason to the places you get pennies squished? or just “there’s a squishing machine, must go squish”?

    If there’s no particular rhyme or reason, and you don’t mind them from places you haven’t actually been, I could put the word out to some pals in various parts of the nation to have them keep an eye out for penny squishers, and maybe get you some from places you may not have been…

    April 23, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

  4. flerly has made a Comment

    Pretty much it’s OH! SQUISHING MACHINE! *dig through purse for change* — Never had anybody get ones for me, but hey that could be fun!!

    April 23, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

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