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BIg Duck of Flanders | by Kurt Christensen
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BIg Duck of Flanders

About the Big Duck From

The people of Long Island love the Big Duck -- or so we're told. The odd-shaped building, on the eastern end near the Hamptons, is one of the few good examples of roadside architecture within easy driving distance of New York City. Hence all the attention the Duck gets in any book or article written about wacky structures along America's highways.


In 1931, Riverhead duck farmer Martin Maurer built this 20-ft. tall, 30-ft. long eyecatcher using concrete (technically, "ferrocement") applied over a wooden frame. Taillights from a Model T Ford became its eyes, glowing red at night. Maurer sold ducks and eggs from the shop in its belly. (more)

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Taken on December 10, 2006