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Austin's Spam heritage
The world has Austin (population 24,000) to thank for its favorite mystery meat. Founder George Hormel's processing plant cranks out 21,000 cans of Spam per hour. The Spam Museum, pictured at left, (800) 588-7726; spam.com, spins its meaty story with interactive and history exhibits. See vintage advertising, answer Spam trivia (Spam is actually made of pork shoulder and ham), and try canning Spam products.
More Spam history awaits at a self-guided tour of the Spam founder's Hormel Historic Home, restored to its early 1900s appearance. (507) 433-4243; hormelhistorichome.org
And if all the touring makes you hungry, head to Johnny's Main Event for a Spamarama menu, including Austin-style eggs Benedict and a Spam cheeseburger. (507) 433-8875