“There’s something you should know about me. The World’s Biggest Ball of Twine, junk yard art, giant concrete dinosaurs… I will stop, every time. Because, damn it, how many times in life do you get to see the world’s biggest bottle of ketchup?” I warned Josh early on. As it turns out, he has the same affinity for roadside American tacky. Our only real planned stop last week was Comecos Cemetary, a place I’d stumbled on by accident while researching for a very different project. An especially bizarre piece of roadside America, the story of the fake cemetery reads as such:
“Established in Wichita Falls Texas by Dr. Dan and Eleanor Roberts, their interest in cemetery memorials, their keen observations and sense of humor lead them to create this unique attraction. The cemetery was originally located at the Roberts home and veterinary clinic in Wichita Falls Texas. Upon Dr. Roberts retirement and the selling of their property, Comecos had a stay in Iowa Park Texas. Dr. Roberts ultimately made the decision that his ‘cemetery’ should eventually be returned to Granite Oklahoma where all the stones had originated. This cemetery stands in honor for Dr. Dan and Eleanor Roberts, ‘Friends Extraordinare.’”
Located on the northwest side of Granite Oklahoma, the unique attraction is certainly one for the oddity checklist if you, like I, are inclined to see the remaining bits of oddball roadside Americana left these days.
The mine behind Comecos.