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Giant Turtle Built From Old Auto Wheels
A giant green turtle, built from more than 3,000 "tireless" auto wheels, marks the intersection of U.S. 281 and North Dakota highways 3 and 5 in Dunseith, the southern edge of the state's Turtle Mountains.
Setting on a mound just northwest of the intersection, the turtle was created by George Gottbrecht. Its head moves up and down to bid visitors welcome, and to point the way to the International Peace Garden, located at the north end of U.S. 281 near the Canadian border. The head, counterbalanced with more than 2,000 lbs. of concrete, is moved with a 1 1/2 hp electric motor through a series of pulleys and a pump jack mechanism.
Gottbrecht collected the wheels and welded them together to form the eye-catching display which measures 40 ft. long, 8 ft. wide and 15 ft. high.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #6