What: Roberts Recycling, 27 Railway Road, Roberts
What makes it special? You can’t drive to Red Lodge without noticing the giant metal sculptures on the east side of the road in Roberts. The dinosaur has been sold, but you can still enjoy the bendy toys, Gumby and Pokey, waving at you from the recycling yard. This is recycling at its best, turning our rusted junk into lawn art.
What’s the back story? Owner Chuck Naylor began welding metal sculptures four or five years ago. With no formal art training, he put his fertile imagination and sense of humor to work creating pieces out of scrap metal like the 10-foot-tall statue of Pokey and Gumby, or the 12-foot skeleton cowboy and his dog, Bone Doggie. He’s also got a two-foot-tall spider in the yard. Inside the store are antiques and used items. Store employee Terry Palmer said they’ve got “just everything you need.” Naylor opened the store in 1999. The store opens when the sun comes out or customers start nosing around, usually that’s 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. “We’re pretty casual here,” Palmer said. Naylor was out sapphire hunting last week and didn’t have time to chat.
What can you buy? Pokey and Gumby are selling for $4,500 and the Bone Doggie is $6,500. If you want the giant spider in your front yard, it will cost you $650.