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A Minnesota Roadside Tourist Trap To Get Full Fish-Lift

Where: 456 US Hwy 2 N.E. [map], Bena, MN, United States, 56626
September 16, 2009 at 1:11 PM | by | ()

For 16 years, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has released a list of the ten most endangered historic places in the state. On this yearís list are obvious choices like historic hotels, classic ballparks, old buildings, and bridges. However, thereís one endangered species on the list as well, and itís The Big Fish in Bena, Minnesota. Donít worry if you havenít seen it, because with a little love, and probably a lot of worms, local residents are bringing it back to its original beauty.

The giant critter was created back in the 1950s, and is made up of wood and roofing materialóno taking the easy way and using fiberglass here. Originally designed to be an ice cream and hamburger stand, the 65-foot long fish has just been hanging out on the side of US Highway 2 ever since. Fans of the National Lampoon's Vacation film may recognize the structure, as it appeared in the postcard photo montage to start the comedy classic.

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