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milwhcky @ 2014-04-13 13:26:50
milwhcky pictureReince Priebus' House
I went to the same high school as Reince. I was a year ahead of him, but we had some of the same classes. I get a lot of "FML" thoughts when I see him on the news.
milwhcky @ 2014-03-30 16:31:55
milwhcky pictureWaterfall at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
Witpoortjie Waterfall
milwhcky @ 2014-03-20 20:06:02
milwhcky pictureAtomic Motor Speedway
Update -
The new track is finally under construction and is expected to open in May 2014. The 1/4 mile clay oval will be named I-40 Raceway.
milwhcky @ 2014-03-03 15:58:30
milwhcky picturePizzeria that delivered OSCARS Pizzas (02 Mar 2014)
They have the Guinness World record for the largest pizza on a menu (4.5 ft x 4.5 ft).
The previous record holder:
milwhcky @ 2014-02-23 20:03:01
milwhcky pictureWild Horse Pass drag strip
I'd rather be at a crummy Arizona drag strip in February than to be suffering through a cycle of polar vortices and snow storms. The beauty of an NHRA event is having the freedom to roam the pit area throughout the entire event, so you do not have to be stuck sitting next to oversized fans for the whole day.
milwhcky @ 2014-02-23 07:46:45
milwhcky picturePlaying soccer
Allow me to correct myself. It is not a handball field. It is a mini-football (or futsal) field.
I learn something new (almost) every day...
milwhcky @ 2014-02-23 07:34:06
milwhcky picturePlaying soccer
They might be playing soccer, but they are on a handball field.
milwhcky @ 2014-02-22 18:04:49
milwhcky pictureAbandoned school on fire (March 5, 2009)
While on vacation, I drove by this location last weekend. The main building along the road struck me as very eerie - straight out of a horror movie. I wasn't aware of the fire until seeing it today on Bing Maps.
milwhcky @ 2014-02-20 15:08:07
milwhcky pictureHormel Chili Can
This used to be painted like a giant can of chili, but as of last summer, it was painted over with no design.
milwhcky @ 2014-02-09 06:55:41
milwhcky pictureLargest steam and largest deisel locomotives ever built
The 4014 was reacquired by Union Pacific and is currently on its way to Wyoming for a restoration project that will return it to operational status.
milwhcky @ 2014-01-14 14:21:39
milwhcky pictureFrequently Stolen Mile Marker Sign
I wonder if they posted the new sign 52.8 feet away from the old one.
milwhcky @ 2014-01-12 17:40:40
milwhcky pictureJayne Mansfield roadside memorial
It's fitting that the sun is setting over the trees in this street view capture.
milwhcky @ 2014-01-01 13:00:33
milwhcky pictureMichigan Marching Band practice
For no particular reason, finding a marching band practice was something I've searched for several times (at band camps, universities, etc.) without any luck. I found this scene by accident.
milwhcky @ 2013-12-26 19:43:18
milwhcky pictureDowney Studios
Torn down in 2012 in order to build a shopping center.
milwhcky @ 2013-12-22 14:13:31
milwhcky pictureAirplane Pulling A Banner
Probably leaving Batten Airport to fly over Milwaukee. Google dates this as August 2012, so I imagine it might be heading fly over the State Fair. There is a banner business that flies out of Batten.
milwhcky @ 2013-12-20 13:43:58
milwhcky pictureNASCAR Cafe
Demolished in 2013
milwhcky @ 2013-12-19 15:27:14
milwhcky pictureApollo Theatre
December 19, 2013 - More than 80 people injured when the ceiling collapses during a show.
milwhcky @ 2013-12-15 17:36:57
milwhcky pictureLocation of the Rodney King Beating
Thanks for the update, anonymous. After some research online, I made the corrections to show the approximate location.
milwhcky @ 2013-11-30 17:20:06
milwhcky pictureCol Needham's House
A few other BEV's show a newer home under construction here.
milwhcky @ 2013-11-25 15:53:55
milwhcky pictureWedding
On the gifts table in the banquet hall, a hard-to-read sign with their names written in fancy-schmanzy cursive writing matched the names I found on a google search for September 2013 weddings at that park.
The sign:

milwhcky @ 2013-11-24 06:34:53
milwhcky pictureWedding
I believe I found the happy couple. Elizabeth Fraunfelder and Chris Hannon were married here on September 7, 2013.
milwhcky @ 2013-11-22 08:55:23
milwhcky pictureMichael Jordan's Gate
No one would buy it for $29 million, so Jordan is selling it at an auction today.
milwhcky @ 2013-11-11 05:05:44
milwhcky pictureWhat Is It?
milwhcky @ 2013-11-10 16:41:47
milwhcky pictureMonster truck show preparations
milwhcky @ 2013-11-10 11:26:28
milwhcky pictureVolkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant
My 2013 Passat SE was made here. Best sedan I've ever owned.
milwhcky @ 2013-11-10 10:38:20
milwhcky pictureJohn Deere tractor test track & fields
A long train of John Deere's in GM:
milwhcky @ 2013-10-27 19:25:49
milwhcky pictureBiograph Theater
He was shot in this alley south of the theater:
milwhcky @ 2013-10-18 19:46:20
milwhcky pictureCastle Black set ("Game of Thrones")
I'm guessing the other set which was built northeast of here was the site of the battle scene in the episode "Blackwater", where Lannister's men defend the city against an attack from the sea. Season 2, Episode 9.
milwhcky @ 2013-10-13 13:11:39
milwhcky pictureFormula One on a television
Second round of qualifying at the 2012 Korean Grand Prix (October 13)
milwhcky @ 2013-10-13 07:05:28
milwhcky pictureDockwise Vanguard
Cool video on this page showcasing its design and what it can do:
milwhcky @ 2013-10-06 13:13:44
milwhcky pictureRace to D.C. maze
CBS News video shows how the maze is designed with a GPS equipped tractor:

2013 maze - 50th anniversary of Beatlemania
2014 maze - 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner
milwhcky @ 2013-09-29 10:40:08
milwhcky pictureMan wearing a Belgium flag
Two more nearby flag-wearing fans:
milwhcky @ 2013-09-28 22:26:00
milwhcky pictureKeno Family Outdoor Theatre
Honda is behind a national fund raising effort to help theaters convert to digital:
milwhcky @ 2013-09-24 20:05:40
milwhcky pictureBullseye ?
The bullseye and the two small buildings appear in Google Earth's 1993 satellite photo. The storage tank is shown being built in 2003. Also, the bullseye is casting a very, very small shadow in a few historical photos (compared to the storage tank and buildings), so it is not elevated off the ground by much.
milwhcky @ 2013-09-23 15:51:54
milwhcky pictureAtco Speedway (abandoned)
Many oval tracks in that era and earlier were fairly flat. It was common for races to be held on former horse tracks found at many fairgrounds. Eventually, race cars became faster and NASCAR's banked speedways built in the 50's and 60's became popular, thus banked corners on short tracks became more common. This one reminds me of a small version of Indianapolis. Four right angle turns with short straights.

I'm surprised that this place is still somewhat recognizable after...
milwhcky @ 2013-09-22 11:14:07
milwhcky pictureEast Windsor Speedway
Photos from 2003 and 2008 (before and after demolition)
milwhcky @ 2013-09-21 16:26:25
milwhcky pictureTransport plane inside hangar?
Above the thumbnail is the message, "This map has better detail in Google Earth than Google Maps". The mods add this message on Google Earth only maps.
milwhcky @ 2013-09-20 18:34:28
milwhcky pictureFlag of Wyoming
milwhcky @ 2013-09-20 15:16:26
milwhcky pictureMenick Barber Shop
Note to self... Go to Montreal for a haircut. Hope that the barber can speak English.
milwhcky @ 2013-09-14 18:56:52
milwhcky pictureRice paddy art
milwhcky @ 2013-09-11 21:38:01
milwhcky pictureHoward Dean portrait
Dean's famous 2004 campaign rally in Iowa:
milwhcky @ 2013-09-06 15:54:55
milwhcky pictureObservation tower at Circuit of the Americas
milwhcky @ 2013-08-30 20:12:58
milwhcky pictureLady pirate statue
Same girl (with a mailbox on her hip):
milwhcky @ 2013-08-25 23:49:50
milwhcky pictureRemnants of the Great Lakes SnoCross track
This was also the site of a recent concert which made the news. A private jet carrying the rock bands Ratt and Dokken had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. The bands rode in SUV's across the state to make it in time. Also performing were Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach, Warrant, and Kip Winger.
milwhcky @ 2013-08-24 21:08:45
milwhcky pictureMystery of William Wirt's skull
milwhcky @ 2013-08-23 17:52:20
milwhcky pictureBob's Big Boy in a Store
No longer visible from the street, but it can be seen in Google Map's tripod photos:
milwhcky @ 2013-08-21 16:02:05
milwhcky pictureGateway Arch replica
I've tried to find the history of this arch, but there is next to nothing about it online. A discussion forum I found only confirms that it has been there for decades.
milwhcky @ 2013-08-20 12:18:19
milwhcky pictureStanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Note - the placement of this panorama on the Google Map is incorrect. The last time I reported that type of mistake to the Google Maps team, they deleted the scene instead of correcting its location.

Still waiting for Google to bring their camera tripod for a visit to the HHoF...
milwhcky @ 2013-08-20 05:08:51
milwhcky pictureTinicum Rear Range Lighthouse
Welcome to VGT!
milwhcky @ 2013-08-20 03:57:05
milwhcky pictureSuperman comic book
Not a comic book in the traditional sense, but I'll accept it. It's a hardcover book about the history of DC Comics.
milwhcky @ 2013-08-11 16:59:24
milwhcky pictureNational Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame & Museum
On a trip to Kansas last week, I came across an impressive horseshoe club's site. After spending a few days in flyover country, I can believe how something like horseshoes is a serious activity there. The NHPA has a big world tournament at a different city each year.
milwhcky @ 2013-08-11 08:10:24
milwhcky pictureNational Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame & Museum
milwhcky @ 2013-08-08 21:03:04
milwhcky pictureI-44 Riverside Speedway
This property suffered much damage from a May 20, 2013, tornado that devastated the region. After a great deal of effort rebuilding the damaged fixtures, the track reopened in August. The record breaking crowd gave the track owners a standing ovation.
milwhcky @ 2013-08-08 13:06:46
milwhcky picturePhotos of IndyCar accident
At the Belleville (Kansas) High Banks museum, there are autographed photos of this accident on display:
Stan wrote "OOOPS" along with his signature on each photo.
milwhcky @ 2013-08-05 14:28:16
milwhcky pictureWind turbine blade display
milwhcky @ 2013-07-31 21:09:34
milwhcky pictureEbenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful (Abandoned) Water Slides
milwhcky @ 2013-07-21 16:58:00
milwhcky pictureBelleville High Banks
I'm looking forward to crossing this one off my bucket list in two weeks.
milwhcky @ 2013-07-15 15:36:03
milwhcky pictureRosecliff mansion
Google posted indoor imagery of this and a few other Newport mansions.
milwhcky @ 2013-07-14 07:26:34
milwhcky pictureKlamath Falls Speedway
milwhcky @ 2013-07-12 22:23:28
milwhcky pictureNew Castle Fieldhouse
milwhcky @ 2013-07-12 15:52:07
milwhcky pictureFormula Sculpture
The car that this sculpture was based on became the world's most expensive car. It sold for £17.5 million ($29.6 million) in a recent auction.
milwhcky @ 2013-07-07 08:13:54
milwhcky pictureSite of Niki Lauda's near fatal accident
milwhcky @ 2013-07-05 21:22:51
milwhcky pictureAmish Horse and Buggy Crossing
Not a crossing warning, but rather a "be aware" sign. The road ahead is curvy with many trees, creating a few dangerous areas to approach a horse drawn buggy. I have had a few close calls on Pennsylvania roads.
milwhcky @ 2013-06-28 18:39:42
milwhcky pictureLake Placid Toboggan Chute
milwhcky @ 2013-06-27 19:56:11
milwhcky pictureAbandoned toboggan chutes
milwhcky @ 2013-06-20 18:20:09
milwhcky pictureUSPS service delivery truck
These vehicles are called "LLV's" (Long Life Vehicle). The one I drive was built in 1993.
milwhcky @ 2013-06-18 16:51:35
milwhcky pictureCanadian Tire Centre
Renamed again. As of July 2013, it is now Canadian Tire Centre.
milwhcky @ 2013-06-12 23:24:22
milwhcky pictureAbandoned resort town
milwhcky @ 2013-06-09 06:53:45
milwhcky pictureBenton Raceway Park
Southeast Missourian story on the 2013 reopening:
milwhcky @ 2013-06-02 12:00:37
milwhcky pictureGreenwood Roadway
milwhcky @ 2013-05-30 14:32:34
milwhcky pictureUnusual censorship
A few clicks down the road show that these are the rooftops of a few homes.
milwhcky @ 2013-05-30 14:28:49
milwhcky picture1950s car
1957 Cadillac Series 62
milwhcky @ 2013-05-25 21:40:21
milwhcky pictureBaer Field Speedway
The motocross track has been replaced by a dirt oval for karts. I got an unexpected 2-for-1 bonus on my first visit to Baer today. Both the main track and the dirt oval held races at the same time.
milwhcky @ 2013-05-16 14:34:12
milwhcky pictureCommandant's House, Brooklyn Navy Yard
The HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" filmed at this house (inside and out). It served as the home of the show's main character, Nucky Thompson, who was portrayed by Steve Buscemi. Several rooms were used for filming, but scenes of the upstairs bedrooms were done at a nearby studio.
milwhcky @ 2013-05-14 14:42:24
milwhcky pictureBeach house from Boardwalk Empire
Looking at the latest Google Earth imagery, it appears that this house (and many of those along the beach) did not survive 2012's Superstorm Sandy.
milwhcky @ 2013-05-10 20:11:58
milwhcky pictureCardboard Joseph Gordon-Levitt
From the 2010 film "Hesher":
milwhcky @ 2013-04-30 20:28:37
milwhcky pictureAquanut Water Ski Show site
milwhcky @ 2013-04-23 15:26:27
milwhcky pictureJarome Iginla's former home
milwhcky @ 2013-03-24 14:53:52
milwhcky pictureDiego Garcia
My dad was a Seabee who was stationed here as the base was being built. He loved it there.
milwhcky @ 2013-03-17 04:50:55
milwhcky pictureLake Samji
There appears to be a speed skating rink on the frozen lake. A google search brings up a story of a youth speed skating event here.
milwhcky @ 2013-03-10 18:22:01
milwhcky pictureField of broken dreams
A thorough piece about this embarrassing mess by the Chicago Sun-Times:
milwhcky @ 2013-02-28 18:32:29
milwhcky pictureJohnny Bower
Pan up towards the ceiling to see the photo.
Direct Google Maps link:
milwhcky @ 2013-02-27 18:22:36
milwhcky pictureLamborghini Gallardo LP550
The Google tripod was placed at several points along the school's race track. Several of the cars were parked on the track for the photos.
milwhcky @ 2013-02-27 17:56:32
milwhcky pictureLegends race car
milwhcky @ 2013-02-25 15:26:19
milwhcky pictureDave Scatchard's House
I feel bad for Dave. After discovering his concussion-like symptoms were actually caused by a misaligned jaw, he attempted a comeback to the sport after having his jaw adjusted. He played in the minor leagues, hoping for a return to the NHL. He earned a few brief stints in the NHL with Nashville and St. Louis, but his career ended after suffering a concussion in a minor league game against Milwaukee in April 2011.
milwhcky @ 2013-02-17 20:51:43
milwhcky pictureFracking natural gas well
A Pennsylvania map of fracking wells:
milwhcky @ 2013-02-17 18:20:31
milwhcky pictureEcho Lake Foods Destroyed in 8 Alarm Fire
With wind chills below 0 degrees F, the firefighters had their work cut out for them in containing this blaze for more than 36 hours. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Echo Lake Foods plans to rebuild.
milwhcky @ 2013-01-18 19:21:16
milwhcky pictureLadd School - Urban Ruins
milwhcky @ 2013-01-18 18:40:02
milwhcky picturePropaganda?
From the BBC:
The message, which stretches for more than 1,800 ft (548m), reads "Long Live General Kim Jong-un, the Shining Sun!".
milwhcky @ 2013-01-16 11:00:02
milwhcky pictureHanky Panky?
A lot of crazy stuff happening here. Go up to the checkout counter and look out the window.
milwhcky @ 2013-01-13 21:37:39
milwhcky pictureGraffiti art wall
Current street view dated October 2011. Surprisingly, it has lasted more than three years since I posted it.
milwhcky @ 2013-01-07 02:35:50
milwhcky pictureActive Former WWII Drydock
Welcome to VGT!
milwhcky @ 2013-01-06 14:56:13
milwhcky pictureRyan Briscoe's Race Car
I know the sign next to the car says Ryan drove this car in 2005, but unless it's been repainted, I disagree.

In his only year driving for the Target team (2005), he was #33. The #10 was driven by Darren Manning, Jacques Lazier, and Giorgio Pantano that year.
milwhcky @ 2013-01-04 17:34:13
milwhcky pictureDunmovin estate
milwhcky @ 2013-01-01 08:16:48
milwhcky pictureJacket of a Space Shuttle astronaut
Love the map, but it might just be a replica. Jackets and flight suits with official NASA patches are sold to the general public.
milwhcky @ 2013-01-01 07:57:57
milwhcky picture5 to 2 Cafe from "Natural Born Killers"
NSFW video clip of the scene:
milwhcky @ 2012-12-30 10:47:53
milwhcky pictureAddams Family Movie house
This house was also used in 1987's "Walk Like a Man" starring Howie Mandell and Christopher Lloyd.
milwhcky @ 2012-12-07 06:04:10
milwhcky picturePhotos of IndyCar accident
Stan Fox's career ending accident at the start of the 1995 Indy 500. I have a framed autographed poster of this car. He lived not far from me, and I watched him race several times on the local short tracks. He died five years later in a head-on collision on a New Zealand highway.

milwhcky @ 2012-12-05 17:50:36
milwhcky pictureTotal Wipeout - Filming location
At least 23 nations have had their version of Wipeout filmed at this location.
milwhcky @ 2012-11-25 11:19:15
milwhcky pictureMorrison Natural History Museum
The image is dated June 2008.