Giant rocking chair on Route 66 attracts visitors to Fanning

6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Sunday, May 12 2019 May 12, 2019 Sunday, May 12, 2019 7:17:00 PM CDT May 12, 2019 in News
By: Jared Austin, KOMU 8 Reporter

FANNING - On historic Route 66, the small town of Fanning has one of the most unique attractions in Missouri.

The enormous rocking chair used to be the world's largest, at 43 feet tall.

"We've had that chair outside of our store since it opened back up in 2007," said Fanning Outpost co-owner Samantha Thompson.

One of the most common questions Thompson gets is whether people can climb on the chair.

"The insurance is insane to actually get people up there, so we don't allow it," she said. 

Thompson said nearly 200,000 people travel down Route 66 each year, meaing people from all over the country have visited the outpost and seen the chair.

"We get so many bikers travelling down Route 66 that we decided to open up on Sundays for them," Thompson said. 

The chair lost it's world record title in 2015, when a group in Casey, Illinois, made a rocker that's 56 feet tall.

The Fanning Outpost owners still sell plenty of merchandise with their chair on it. The Outpost also sells flavored popcorn and is known for its fudge.

"We have Bavarian nut, pecans, and the almond kind, as well," Thompson said. 

The outpost plans to have the rocking chair outside its store as long as the Thompson family owns it. 

The owners recently bolted it into the ground so it no longer rocks back and forth, in addition to replacing all of the wood pieces with metal.

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