Thursday, July 30, 2009

Straight out of a nursery rhyme

Add Red Wing, Minn., to America's quirky travel destinations.

Red Wing Shoe Co. will open a 17,800-square-foot company museum and flagship retail store on Monday, appropriately located on Main Street.

Almost 5,000 of those square feet will be dedicated to a museum housing "the world's largest boot" and other displays touting the history and heritage of the company.

Big enough to be a parade float, the boot created in 2005 to celebrate the company's centennial stands 16 feet high, 7 feet wide and 20 feet long. It weighs 2,300 pounds and took 13 months to complete.

A person fitting this boot would stand 120 feet -- 12 stories tall.

The company paraded the boot on a four-block move to the site on Tuesday. And, it traveled the country in 2006 and 2007 for more centennial showings.

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