Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010

Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue, Plains, Ga.

What has to be the strangest monument ever to an American President, the Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue began far from its current home. During the 1976 presidential campaign, members of the Indiana Democratic Party built the statue to honor Carter as he swung through the state. The 13-ft.-tall peanut crafted from plaster and mesh pays homage to the 39th President's early career as a peanut farmer and features a spot-on toothy grin. In 2000, a careless driver smashed into the statue, but it has been restored and now resides not far from Route 45 outside Carter's hometown of Plains, Ga.