Wooden Nickels

31 July 2021

From Left: Diane, Jim, Tom and Larry (Anne took the picture)

I don’t know when I first heard the idiom, “Don’t take any wooden nickels” but I’ve heard it enough to remember the phrase and what it means.  Perhaps it was something Bugs Bunny said. The saying comes from the 1920s, and I wasn’t born quite that early so I figure I must have heard it from repeatedly watching some educational cartoons.…

On our way from here to there, the band and I jumped at the opportunity to see the world’s largest wooden nickel.  It was in Iowa City, right on our way, so we veered off I80 to a road less traveled – and we drove right past it.  We turned around and drove back, spotting it all by itself in a field.

I thought it would be the perfect spot for a carnival, or a drug store, or a beauty supply….something that reflects a swindler’s sack of broken promises; but there it was, all alone in a field and no place to park.  We pulled over, jumped out, ran across the street and took a quick picture.

This wooden nickel is 16 feet wide and was hand made in 2006 by Jim Glasgow and Jim still maintains it.  The story says that Jim was disillusioned by his local politicians who raised the speed of 3 roads in the county….(my guess is that Jim drives a very slow tractor or maybe a horse and buggy).  This sign is his protest and a reminder to all not to let people take advantage of you.

So there you have it, world’s largest wooden nickel checked off the list.  Now to find that big ball of string……….

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