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Roadside Attractions

America’s top roadside attractions are highway accidents of a good kind. They’re small, conventional businesses that grew, thanks to desperation-driven innovation and a little luck, into legendary, multi-generational family concerns that draw mind-boggling traffic and profits that their founders little imagined.

More surprising still is that these products of the automobile’s golden age continue to thrive in a time of air travel and triple-digit gas prices. We asked the owners of some of the longest enduring attractions what allows them to survive.

Click ahead for some great american roadside attractions.

By Paul O’Donnell, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 26 Jan 2012

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