I used to live within a 1/2 mile of this gigantic tire. It was always a conversation starter whenever you drove a visitor by it.
I will never forget the day that some local jewelry store was robbed and the robbers crashed the car sending the stolen jewelry into the fenced in area around the tire. Police were there for hours looking for the loot. They wouldn’t take volunteers, though several people did show up to offer assistance and the use of their metal detectors – albeit with themselves attached to their machines. Even now when I drive by it I sometimes wonder if they ever did recover all the loot; don’t know as the papers moved quickly on to other news stories.
I have attached a link to a video that talks about the tire and shows several shots of it; especially in it’s previous incarnation as a ferris wheel at the 1964 World’s Fair held in NY.