Help the Hood Milk Bottle Become the ‘Quirkiest’ Landmark in the Country
Because any structure that can hold 50,000 gallons of liquid deserves the title.
Boston has a lot of historic landmarksâ€”the Freedom Trail, the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and Samuel Adams’Â gravesite come to mindâ€”but one spot in particular is in the race to become known across the country as the strangest of them all.
USA TODAY’s â€ś10Best Readers’ Choiceâ€ť series recently launched an online contest calling on travelers to help them pick between the 10 â€śquirkiestâ€ť sites across the country, and whittle the listÂ down to one location that they think is a must-see for anyone visiting aÂ particular city.
On that list, vying for the top spot against places like the â€śBeer Can Houseâ€ť in Houston, Texas, and a giant troll in Seattle is Bostonâ€™s own Hood Milk Bottle.Â â€śThese quirky landmarks are part of what makes America great,â€ť according to the contest organizers, who are relying on the keen eye of the traveling public to round up the best destination spots the US has to offer.
Located in the Fort Point area, directly outside the Boston Childrenâ€™s Museum on Congress Street, the Hood Milk Bottle was gifted to the museumÂ by the milk company in the late 1970s. It was originally an ice cream stand that was housed in Taunton more than 30 years ago, before it was moved to the city via boat in the 1970s, an adventureÂ that’s now known as the “Great Bottle Sail.” In the last decade the bottleÂ underwent some serious renovations before it was officially reopened in 2007,Â on the 30th anniversary of its journey across the harbor.
Standing at around 40-feet tall (it could hold more thanÂ 50,000 gallons of milk if it were an actual container) and used as a food and drink stand, the big bottle has enthralled people that aren’t from around these parts, so it’s no wonder it somehow landed onÂ the top 10 list.
As it stands, the milk bottleâ€™s chances of coming in at number one are curdling fast. While the exactÂ totals arenâ€™t available, the top five contenders in order of most to least votes are â€śBig Tex,â€ť Carhenge, the Longaberger home office, Paul Bunyan and Babe, and the Cadillac Ranch.Â Fans of the giant Hood drink have until June 23 to put the landmark in the lead, at which point it could become the place that visitors Â feel compelled to â€śturn the car around and go get a selfie withâ€ť when they see it, according to USA Today.
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