The only hippie memorial in the world is in Arcola, Illinois
If you haven’t been to Arcola, Illinois, you really aren’t missing out on much.
I had the pleasure of spending 2 days in Arcola about 25 years ago. Honestly, I don’t remember why I was there. I went with my dad and we stayed in an older couple’s house as there are no hotels in Arcola I don’t think so.
In fact, I am corrected. There is an Arcola Inn that is not 100% like a hotel you would be murdered in.
I am sure the staff are very nice at the Arcola Inn.
The main thing I remember about Arcola is that there was nothing to do in Arcola. My dad had dates with the guy we were with when we were there, so his wife was “in charge” of entertaining me for the day.
I couldn’t drive yet, so I depended on her to get anywhere. She took me to the most exciting place she could think of in the area and that was the Tuscola Outlet Mall.
Not a mall where teenagers sometimes liked to hang out in the 90s, but a mall with 3 fast food restaurants and none of them were Sbarro’s. I spent about 4 hours in a food court reading a Sports Illustrated that I bought on newsstands. What was I going to do, walk through the Banana Republic store? I was 14 years old.
I didn’t have a phone either, of course, so I just had to wait for her to come back. It was very boring.
Instead, should she have taken me to the hippie memorial? Honestly, probably not. It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing a 14 year old would like, especially me.
Now? Let’s go! This place looks pretty cool.
Like everything “hippie”, there is a deeper meaning to all of this which is explained in a plaque which transcribes a speech given by the artist’s widow after her death.
Is it worth seeing the more than 3 hour drive to Arcola? Probably not. Will you one day accidentally be in Arcole? Absolutely not. Will this post be closest to Arcola? Most likely. But at least now you know another unnecessary trivia when you need an icebreaker at the next party.
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