Bowlin’s The Thing

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A kitschy tourist trap further proves that the key to a good gimmick is persistence and publicity. For miles in any direction, billboards echo questions about “The Thing?” until you’re cajoled to unlock the “Mystery of the Desert.” Don’t be mistaken; its outright cheesiness is precisely why people utterly love The Thing. For only a dollar’s admission, you keep the myth alive and partake in a tradition that countless others share with you. The Thing owes its exhibits to Homer Tate who made a career out of roadside attractions. Some of his best handiwork include mummies, mermaids, and shrunken heads. It took another man, Thomas Prince, to make The Thing an institution in Arizona. After you’ve seen all there is (no spoilers!), a Dairy Queen will be waiting to welcome you with a gust of cool air. Contemplate what it is you just saw over an icy treat, and commemorate your trip with the much-needed souvenir from the shop next door.

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2631 North Johnson Road, Benson, Arizona

+1 520 568 2581

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