Red Devil by the Roadside

The Haunted Housewife - Red Devil by the Roadside

This is an actual thing that can be found in my city, Corpus Christi Texas. The demon guards a recycling plant on Leopard IMG_2778 Street. This is the information about it that I found from roadsideamerica.com:

This Devil was originally part of a “rotor-type” amusement park ride, which we believe was patented and built by the “Velare Brothers,” who were instrumental in building many amusement rides in the ’40s and ’50s. The ride was called the HELL HOLE, and featured the large, fiberglass devil as the center icon at the entrance to the ride (we are uncertain if the Velares owned the name Hell Hole or just the mechanical patent). I emailed every amusement park I could find and, I believe this ride to have spent most of its time at Conneaut Lake Park in Conneaut Lake, PA. Coney Island had a similar Hell Hole ride with the same devil on the front, though it was painted silver/grey in every photo I can find.

The man who currently owns the devil spent many years as an amusement ride technician, building, scrapping, renovating and engineering them. He acquired the devil around 1995 or so, when his uncle (with whom he worked) went up north and dismantled the ride, bringing it down to central Texas, where it remained in storage for many years. Sometime after that his uncle started a recycling/metal salvage business in Corpus Christi, TX, placing the devil by the street to draw attention.

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Undoubtedly a sight to see in my city, it gives the area some character for sure. 🙂

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