16 Roadside Architectural Wonders


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Big Duck: Flanders, New York

The Big Duck was originally created to help with the sales of Peking ducks by Martin Maurer and his wife.
The Big Duck was originally created to help with the sales of Peking ducks by Martin Maurer and his wife.
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Conceived by "duck rancher" Martin Maurer and­ his wife, Jeule, as a means of selling the Peking ducks they raised, Long Island, New York's Big Duck was built in Riverhead in 1931 and relocated to Flanders in 1936.

After development threatened the Big Duck in 1987, the owners donated the building to Suffolk County, and it was relocated to a park, where it now serves as a gift shop and tourist information center.

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