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Two By Two
By Byron Kerman

The fiberglass elephants and giraffes of the Noah's Ark motel and restaurant have just about come to the end of their march. The complex, built right off I-70 in St. Charles, Mo., in 1966, is scheduled for demolition very soon, they're saying. A statue of Noah atop the adjacent, dilapidated Ark-shaped restaurant is gone, and a gas station on the property is shuttered. There's a frail nobility to these guys, and a spark of life, not quite extinguished, knocking around inside their hollow bodies.

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