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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 12:33 PM
Those signs must be in Canada

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 12:56 PM
Those would be for the infamous tourist trap " South Of the Border" Just south of the SC/NC border on I-95 north of Florence SC. the billboards start when you leave Florida on I-95 and run thru Ga & SC from north to south. Probably do the same from the Va border southward thru NC. Here's a link to their website.

http://www.thesouthoftheborder.com/

Only in south-Wack! to quote another member of these forums : Too small to be a country; too large to be an insane isylum!

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 12:58 PM
Those signs bring back a lot of memories. From age 4 (1967) till I was 15 (1978) the whole family drove from Boston to Miami in Feb. in a station wagon. That stretch through the Carolina's was a little boring so the South of the Border signs made it a little more fun. My Dad never wanted to stay there so we just sailed on by every time.
 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 01:07 PM
Who's on their way to (or from) Florida?
 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 03:23 PM
Many years ago I shot a hole in every South of the Border sign from Savannah, GA to SOB on my way to Fayetteville, NC along I-95.

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 04:10 PM
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Many years ago I shot a hole in every South of the Border sign from Savannah, GA to SOB on my way to Fayetteville, NC along I-95.

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Dang, you must have been carrying a lot of ammunition.
LMAO!
I was just sitting here thinking about how MANY of those SOB signs we would see in the 60's between St Pete and SOB when we went up north.
100's I'm sure. Like one long bread trail for tourist.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 04:35 PM
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Who's on their way to (or from) Florida?


I was!!!
When I was a kid I used to go with my parents from Long Island to Flordia to visit my grandparents in Deerfield Beach. I'd always used to get so excited when I saw the billboards. I was obsessed with them.

We used to visit South of the Border quite a few times to buy kitchy souvenirs but after a while my father decided he was tired of visiting and never stopped again. I remember I loved to irritate my father by demanding a ride up in the "Sombrero In the Sky." It used to drive him nuts because he figured that all you can see at the top of the observation deck is farmlands and wilderness. I'm sure he was right but I liked to watch him blow his top anyway by continuous asking!!




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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 06:05 PM
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Many years ago I shot a hole in every South of the Border sign from Savannah, GA to SOB on my way to Fayetteville, NC along I-95.

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Way to go Scotty....

As Willie said....only in South Wackolina.....

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 06:34 PM
Anyone who has driven to Florida or points south is familiar with that barrage of signs.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 06:58 PM
yep...seen 'em.... many times.....

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 08:22 PM
Very reminiscent of the old Stuckey's signs.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 08:57 PM
Top photo is the best. Good stuff

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 09:26 PM
Jay and I finally stopped off there on the drive between the MB Mule show and the Glen Allen Mule show this summer..

We didn't linger, just drove down the strange, sombrero laden "main street".

Surprisingly, SOB has their very own sign/billboard company on site!


As with other great accidental discoveries like X-rays and penicillin, it took a man of vision to realize SOB's vast potential. That man was Alan Schafer, who began his rise to roadside immortality in 1950 with a simple beer stand. When building supplies began being delivered to "Schafer Project: South Of The [North Carolina] Border," a neon light went on in his head. He began to import Mexican souvenirs, and on one such trip arranged for two Mexican boys to come to America and work for him. As Schafer said, "Somebody began calling them 'Pedro' and 'Pancho,' and since it fit into the theme, we began calling them both 'Pedro.'" Today, all SOB workers, regardless of race, creed or color, are called Pedro.


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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 07:23 AM
I've been passing these all my life, too. Stopping was never a question for my dad. I'm pretty sure he used South of the Border to teach us kids what a "tourist trap" was. At the time, I thought he was just anti-fun, of course.

Years later, I was driving that area alone in the middle of the night and thought I could use a cup of coffee. One of the SOB signs said "COFFEE" in huge neon letters, so I parked there and went inside. Sure enough, it was a full-blown GIFT SHOP that even had an adult section in the back, but no coffee! Turns out Dad was right.

On my way back to I-95 I saw a gas station within their compound that probably had some coffee, but I was so irritated about no coffee under the coffee sign that I just got back on the interstate.

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 07:50 AM
The only time I drove on that stretch of I-95 was in the early 70's. Aside from all the SOB signs, I remember when we crossed over the border into South Carolina, there was a billboard with a man in a white robe, on a horse. It said "Welcome to South Carolina, Heart of Klan Country". That did not tempt me to stop in the state.

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 08:47 AM


those signs bring back lots of memories of the many times I either drove or hitched to and from Florida. I remember we'd wonder what the nexy one would say. As I recall, there are one or two AFTER you've passed SOB that say something to the effect; " Go back !!! you missed it !!!"

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 08:55 AM
My favorite SOB sign is "Fill your trunk with Pedro's junk"

Many road trips along I-95 to and from Florida to see grandma and grandpa in the 90's, and 2 trips to Wanee.
When my boys were little they always wanted to stop there, before they even knew what SOB was... those colorful, silly signs are attractive to kids.

When we were driving back home from Parris Island after Dan graduated boot camp, we had to stop there so they could buy fireworks.

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 09:14 AM
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When we were driving back home from Parris Island after Dan graduated boot camp, we had to stop there so they could buy fireworks.
In the 60's and 70's many of my friends would drive from here in St Petersburg,all the way to SOB just for the fireworks!
Back then it was one small building that sold fireworks almost exclusively.
Now it is it's own city.

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 09:38 AM
Here are some other I-95 eyesores that you might have been familiar with:


Someone already mentioned it!


I don't know if this is still standing. Near Petersburg, Va.


There are a ton of fireworks stores in South Carolina, all looking like this, and many owned by "Joe."

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 09:43 AM
Stuckey's... never been to the place, but for some reason, when we were kids, my cousin from CT would always bring me one of these at least once a year

 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 11:51 AM
I've seen South of the Border.....there really are a ton of signs leading up to it!!!!!
 

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  posted on 9/6/2010 at 04:07 PM
As a kid growing up in Jersey, I remember seeing many cars in the nighborhood with the SOB bumper sticker. My folks would never stop there, but now they live in Florida, so WE stop there sometimes on the way to see them!

It is indeed a festival of crap. It is also getting somewhat run down, alas. We dared to stay there over night - yikes!

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 10:32 AM
Brings to mind the See Rock City signs.


Told before, but a good fit here.....
Sex toys are illegal in Alabama. Some nut-case politician stuck in language barring them in an obscure appropriation bill, nobody caught it, the courts have upheld it. Word is, he was an Auburn man and was concerned with all the chipped teeth.

Anyway, an old friend always wanted to open up a place just across the state line, with a series of billboards like these, saying "Only X more miles to fireworks, lottery tickets, and dildos."

 
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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 10:38 AM
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As a kid growing up in Jersey, I remember seeing many cars in the nighborhood with the SOB bumper sticker. My folks would never stop there, but now they live in Florida, so WE stop there sometimes on the way to see them!

It is indeed a festival of crap. It is also getting somewhat run down, alas. We dared to stay there over night - yikes!


Haha, you stayed overnight? Nice. I used to tell an old girlfriend that I was going to take her to their "honeymoon suite", but I never got around to it.

 
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