Dueling Billboards of Missouri

The state of Missouri takes its “show-me state” nickname literally, and there is no shortage of places where certain things are shown to the citizens and guests of the state.

Billboards for the adult mega-centers and superstores break the monotony of an average I-70 cross-state drive.

The righteous citizens counteract the best they can. The following billboard is the Holy Grail of billboards. I frequently post on the subject of billboards here, but I don’t think I can ever top this one. To photograph this rare find I took a detour and put myself in danger parking on the side of the highway.
What makes this billboard so unique is that until today I always read it as “Jesus saves and forgives pornography”, not having enough time to read the last line driving by at highway speeds. Apparently that’s not the case and that’s a pity, because Jesus would probably double the amount of followers if he did.
There is no better place to educate people about abortion then the side of the highway. That’s where many people do most of their reading.

As an unintended side-effect of my billboard hunting I discovered a creative way to deal with the native omnipresent Missouri front-yard pile of rusted metal. This resident of Concordia, MO can give KCMO artist Stretch some pointers on how to run a welder.

Other flying objects were hidden in the building.

Lastly, consider this your visit to Jonesburg, MO.

The “pride in their heritage” museum is open on Sundays 2 to 4.

  • I wonder if all those things made of metal junk have been shown on Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations. It looks like something you’d see on that show.

    • seemed like they have a lot more in the backyard.maybe you can ride by on your bike when it warms up.

  • Love it! Nice investigative reporting…reminds me of the Ogden Nash “poem”: “I think that I shall never see a billboard as lovely as a tree. Indeed, unless all the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all!”

  • I travel for JOOLS

    I keep waiting for shots of the local flea market or antique shops in your small town travels. Then again, everything has probably already been donated to the local museums so I wouldn’t find anything interesting anyhow …


  • That would require me getting out of the car 🙂

  • Cool pix. You go to the most interesting places….. intentionally or otherwise.

  • Great photos.

    I had the same initial reaction to the porn billboard as did. Of course, I had to check what the bible said about how porn enslaves and destroys you…the verses they cite essentially say people who have sex outside marriage and gay people don’t go to heaven. Interpretations, interpretations…

  • Carsick

    Wow, you really are the King of the Road(trips)! Awesome photos.

  • best entries of any local blog, all month, at least, if not longer. great stuff! thanks for posting

    • thanks for reading and kind comments