By: Coma News Staff
One of Coma’s best kept secrets is also it’s best kept secrets. The Coma Land Mine Tour is a must-do for any out-of-towner and even local residents. Whether you’ve experienced the tour once or one-hundred times, there is always something new to discover on this unique and mysterious adventure.
The tour starts at the Coma Land Mine Museum. There, visitors will be treated to a two-foot map of Coma and the surrounding areas. Look closely! You might see the small question marks on the map. There are more than 200 question marks. Each question mark represents a location in Coma that might be the home to a land mine.
You might also see the gift shop, but it’s best to wait to visit the gift shop until after your tour.
The Coma Land Mine tour takes approximately 30 minutes (longer if you spend a lot of time taking photographs or playing with Clovis The First-Aid Dog). Although sometimes the order of the stops is different, visitors should expect to see the following highlights:
– Area Behind the Bus Stop on 6th. The area behind the bus stop on 6th is one of the first stops of the tour and offers a partial view of the parking lot adjacent to Bigby’s Mini-Mart.
– Some Raspberry Bushes. Located three blocks away from the bus stop is a collection of wildly overgrown raspberry bushes. Rumor has it, a land mine might be buried there. Nobody knows for sure, but if it’s the right time of year, you might be able to pick a couple delicious raspberries. But watch your step!
– O’Bert’s Grassy Pee Spot. Located on an empty lot not far from the Grizzly Tavern is O’Bert’s grassy pee spot. Named after long-time Coma resident, Nathaniel O’Bert, who often used the lot to relieve himself and pass out, it is one of the most memorable stops along the tour. It offers a pungent aroma and a view of bushes, dead grass and some large rocks.
– Dog Hump Park. The next stop takes you to Dog Hump Park. This location got its nickname due to the large number of wild and stray dogs that frequent the area and can often be seen having intercourse. Be on the lookout for dead animals (and land mines)! The packs of dogs are sometimes known to drag the carcasses of their kills back to this area. Great photo opportunity for the entire family! In the summer, it is not uncommon for Clovis The First-Aid Dog to greet guests at this location for some fun.
– Vacant Gravel Lot. There is a vacant gravel lot about a block away from Dog Hump Park. It is one of the last stops and provides a breathtaking view of a dilapidated fence, several old appliances and lots and lots of gravel!
– Self-Guided Kid’s Maze. The last stop before returning to the museum is the self-guided kid’s maze located next door. This mostly empty grass field is believed to house more than a dozen land mines. In the fall, the leaves are raked into intricate patterns for children to walk through and try to find their way out! And after working up an appetite, children who complete the maze are in for a treat! Each child will receive a Fig Newton cookie.
– Clovis The First-Aid Dog. Upon returning to the museum, guests will be greeted by the tour’s famous mascot, Clovis The First-Aid Dog. The lovable, one-legged dog is sure to bring a smile to any face. Don’t leave just yet! You’ll want to stick around to have your picture taken with Clovis and pick up your complimentary pair of collectable crutches. But it’s not over! As you depart, children between the ages of 6 and 7 can help themselves to one free Fig Newton cookie!
So whether your young or old or somewhere in between, the Coma Land Mine Tour and Museum provides a chance to be outdoors for approximately 30 minutes and see some of Coma’s true treasures.
Tours are offered at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost of admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children under the age of four weeks.