Route 66 certainly was a haven for the weirdest tourist traps of all time back in the golden age of automobile travel. Some things never change and even in modern times the old Mother Road still welcomes entrepreneurs that have a knack for marketing bizarre business themes. Tourists that relish the thought of playing around at a cool putt-putt golf course or shopping for funny one of a kind tourist trap items that will surely stir up laughter back home will feel right at home on Route 66. The drive from Chicago to Santa Monica on the Mother Road truly is like taking a trip through the weird tourist trap hall of fame!
A relatively new weird tourist trap that has been unleashed upon Route 66 is located in St Roberts, Missouri or to be more politically correct, the town of Uranus, Missouri. “Uranus, Missouri? There is no such place as Uranus!” is what some folks might say, while others scoff at the idea of a small town that has a potentially offensive name. In defense, those who like the idea might jokingly say, “What is the problem with Missouri having one too?”
When the newscast of the Viking Probe arriving at planet Uranus was headline news long ago, reporter Ted Koppel started off his delivery by announcing that the correct soft pronunciation of Uranus should be strictly adhered to by all that spoke about this spacecraft circling the distant planet. As everybody knows, freedom of speech is inherent and the hard derogatory pronunciation of Uranus prevailed. Thankfully so, because the Uranus Fudge Factory probably never would have happened if the general public was prim and proper about planetary pronunciation.
“Gee dad, lets go to Uranus, so we can get some fudge for mom!” … When hearing an innocent child say this while cruising old Route 66, it may be difficult to keep a straight face. Everything in the Uranus Fudge Factory is all about Uranus, so just go with it for the sake of having fun! Shop for Uranus t-shirts, Uranus coffee mugs, Uranus delicacies and one of a kind oddities that can only be found in Uranus. Purchase some fudge from Uranus to send to friends back home or politicians that deserve this gift on capitol hill. The Uranus shopping experience may be a bit anal, but none the less, this haunting theme will create amusing memories that will be triggered every time that Uranus is mentioned in the news.
Uranus is constantly evolving and improvements are made each day. This tourist trap certainly keeps up with any new trend that can be adapted to the weird Uranus theme. There are restaurants, bars, clubs and tattoo parlors in Uranus, as well as fun things for the kids to do too. Outdoor sportsman will be thrilled to find fishing tackle, camping gear, guns and ammo in Uranus, because the Ozarks have been an adventurer’s paradise long before the movie “Deliverance” hit the silver screen way back in the early 1970s. There is nothing like a little bit of banjo music to enhance the Uranus experience and some local hillbilly merchandise is marketed at this tourist trap too. Oddly enough while there, I witnessed a truck delivering gas to Uranus which was quite a funny thing to see, if one has a pubescent sense of humor still intact!
As can be seen in the photos, there is simply just too much to talk about when reflecting upon Uranus. A picture of Uranus says a thousand words, so I will let it go at that. When doing the Route 66 trip in Missouri, by all means it is well worth taking the time to check this weird place out. The Uranus Fudge Factory definitely is a classic tourist trap that is perfect for visitors seeking fun times on old historic Route 66!
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