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“Cheesy Fun”
Review of Thing

Thing
Ranked #3 of 4 Dessert in Benson
Description: It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322). Look around the spacious gift shop and purchase a few gifts, a couple of pieces of Indian Handmade or gold jewelry, some pottery, or one of the many other items available at this location. Do your shopping before you tour the museum and look for The Thing. Because afterwards you will probably want to compose yourself and just sit awhile sipping a cold soda or try to calm your nerves by scarfing up an Ultimate Burger or shoveling down a cold DQ Blizzard at the Dairy Queen located right next door. This location also offers self-serve Shell fuel with 24 hr. Pay at the pump service.
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Description: It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322). Look around the spacious gift shop and purchase a few gifts, a couple of pieces of Indian Handmade or gold jewelry, some pottery, or one of the many other items available at this location. Do your shopping before you tour the museum and look for The Thing. Because afterwards you will probably want to compose yourself and just sit awhile sipping a cold soda or try to calm your nerves by scarfing up an Ultimate Burger or shoveling down a cold DQ Blizzard at the Dairy Queen located right next door. This location also offers self-serve Shell fuel with 24 hr. Pay at the pump service.
Reviewed 23 October 2013

The Thing is a southern AZ landmark that should be on your list to do at least once. Admittedly, it's cheesy and hokey, but good wholesome fun. And you can get some DQ treats at the same time!

1  Thank EPJess
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

Saw the signs all the way from las cruces and let them draw us in when we finally reached the roadside attraction.

Ok, this isnt the Smithsonian, but it will break up your drive to Tuscon. The thing is as shown on other searches, a sort of mummy that is well, i dunno, you tell me.

Enjoy the mystery!

1  Thank Five15
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

We simply stopped for a Dairy Queen. Clean and friendly. There was a nice selection of jewelry in the adjacent gift shop and the staff were friendly. Gas was higher than off the highway but this is to be expected. Did not pay to see the thing. Would not pay to see anyone's thing as a matter of fact.

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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Hitler At Bowlins? You’ve Got To Be Pulling My Leg!
We stopped at the four Bowlins stores on I-10 in New Mexico. They advertised “The Thing” at exit 322 in Arizona. As a lead up at the Butterfield Stage stop on the way from Deming to Lordsburg they had a mannequin in an old car. It was supposed to be a skeleton, perhaps an old-time miner. On the bumper was the sticker The Thing Exit 322. We were expecting a typical western bad guy as the thing. We couldn’t believe it when we paid $2.00 adult admission and followed the yellow footprints behind a closed door to find Hitler seated in the back of a 1930’s Rolls Royce. What does this have to do with the west? What about the light, spoofy atmosphere of Bowlins? We were so offended that we left, not knowing what to do with the bumper sticker we’d bought ahead of time in eager anticipation.
My husband says “The Thing” was a 50’s alien sci fi movie. Is Hitler the ultimate space alien? Following the Americans’ cartoonish image of Hitler, somehow they think this fits.
P.S. We saw The Thing on the last day of our 76-day odyssey from Tucson to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, to Europe, and back. On the very first day we saw a Herbie car, a Volkswagen Beetle, by the side of the road with "Hitler made this car" scrawled across the windshield. Arizona seems to be full of the cartoonish side of Hitler.
P.S.S. The only redeeming feature of this pit stop is the wonderful view of Texas Canyon just down the highway.

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16  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

When Traveling down I 10 into Willcox there are many billboards advertising, "The Thing" You can get gas, visit Dairy Queen, and buy reasonable trinkets and t-shirts. You can pay a small fee to see "The Thing". Not worth the small fee to see, but you should see it once. What is it? I will let you see it for yourself.

1  Thank Mary H
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