After tiresome circling on the baggage claim carousal, a generous waiting period, and what we hope is a decent search for the owner, a good amount of unclaimed baggage ends up in Scottsboro, Alabama. Aside from an old freight depot, a historic flea market, and Payne's Soda Shop, the Unclaimed Baggage Center is the town's biggest draw. Founded in 1970 by a husband and wife team, the store quickly became their main source of income after they set out buying loads of unclaimed baggage and sorting out the trash from the treasure. The store now takes up an entire city block and houses everything from diamonds to socks. Some of the oddest items to come through their doors include a 40.95-carat emerald stone, a live rattlesnake, a guidance system for an F16 fighter jet, Egyptian artifacts found in an old Gucci suitcase, and a Barbie stuffed with $500. Read about more wonderful oddities like the Unclaimed Baggage Center in our Top Ten US Roadside Attractions article.
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