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6 Roadside Landmarks

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Tinkertown: Sandia Park, New Mexico
Tinkertown, located in Sandia Park, New Mexico, is the handiwork of the late Ross Ward.
Tinkertown, located in Sandia Park, New Mexico, is the handiwork of the late Ross Ward.
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A lifetime of carving and collecting by the late Ross Ward is the bedrock for a sprawling and charmingly eclectic tourist attraction in Sandia Park, New Mexico, just northeast of Albuquerque on Old Route 66.

The museum is surrounded by barricades fashioned from bottles and includes a miniature town -- Tinkertown -- that Ward began carving in the early 1960s. His catchphrase: "I did all this while you were watching TV."

Learn about another man's creation -- The Blue Whale -- in the next section.