We had a great time exploring the backroads of North Dakota. After driving through a few tiny towns, we arrived in Casselton. Not a huge town by any means, but a place where I had spent some time as a youth visiting a Great Aunt and some cousins. As a matter of fact, this town of of just over 2,ooo residents has actually produced four Governors for North Dakota. One of them, George Sinner (Governor of ND 1985-1992) is a relative of ours!
Wikipedia: Casselton is home to the world’s largest can pile / free standing structure. This tourist attraction was created in 1933 by Max Taubert when a Sinclair gas station occupied the lot that also included a hamburger stand. It is approximately 45 feet (14 m) tall, and is made of thousands of oil cans. It was rescued from possible demolition in 2008 by a group of local volunteers. Casselton Can Pile I saw the can pile and pointed it out to Gunnar, but couldn’t really remember the story behind it, so we drove on by and that is about all the attention it received.
Casselton is also known for its population of American Red Squirrels. I bet you didn’t know that!
After gassing up the car, we jumped on I-94 and headed towards Fargo and the Minnesota boarder. The trip was mostly done now except for two Veteran’s Memorials that I wanted to check out. The one in the photo is at the edge of town in Ashby, MN home to a group of sportsmen called Coots Unlimited…there is even a metal statue of a coot at the edge of town.
It’s really pretty amazing what one can come across when you’re just roaming the country side: The Tallest radio Tower in North America, The worlds largest can pile, and quite possibly, the worlds largest iron sculpture of a Coot! We had a great time on the road. When is the last time that you spent time with the family exploring unknown locations, with no real agenda or specific plans. You should try it sometime.