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No. 1: The Jimmy Carter Peanut - Plains, Georgia
You're driving west in southwest Georgia. You're on U.S. Highway 280. After getting off Interstate 75, you left Cordele, Leslie and Americus behind. Next stop: Plains.
You know this place. It's part of American history: the hometown of former President James Earl Carter. But you're not here to see him. Or pick up a can of Billy Beer. Of paramount importance is the ultra-freaky Jimmy Carter smiling peanut statue.
It's in front of the Davis E-Z shop on Highway 45. At 13-feet tall, it's a grinning reminder of our toothy leader -- who came from peanut-farming obscurity to become the most powerful man on the planet.
Three Indiana residents crafted the statue during a Carter political visit to Evanston in 1976. It’s made from a series of wooden hoops and covered with chicken wire, polyurethane and aluminum foil.
Local residents figure the goober goliath is the most photographed thing in town. And why not? It simply makes you smile.