Travel Picks: Cowboys, croquet, insurance in U.S. halls of fame

Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:48pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - While Halls of Fame that honor sports heroes and rock and roll idols generally receive the most attention, they're not the only facilities that laud those that are at the top of their field.

Travel website VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) has put together this list of 10 unusual Halls of Fame in the United States that cover a gamut of hobbies and professions.

"It there's a profession or hobby out there with any kind of following, chances are there's a hall of fame for it," said website general manager Giampiero Ambrosi in a statement.

"From the funny to the inspirational to the seemingly mundane, it's amazing how many different halls there are." This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Roller Derby Hall of Fame; Brooklyn, New York

A by-appointment only museum located in the Brooklyn home of what must be the world's most devoted roller derby fan, this Hall of Fame not only honors legends of the game but includes memorabilia like jerseys, tickets, and programs.

2. Buckaroo Hall of Fame; Winnemucca, Nevada

The no-frills, grittier version of cowboys, buckaroos are lauded here for their no-nonsense approach to the "Western" way of life. Along with tributes to the inductees, the hall houses memorabilia like saddles and lariats.

3. Croquet Hall of Fame; West Palm Beach, Florida   Continued...