Just like with Cotton-Eye Joe, we really don’t know where one Missouri highway’s pickle jar came from, nor do we know where it went — or how it came back, for that matter. According to Atlas Obscura, the mysterious pickle jar first appeared alongside a highway ramp in Des Peres, Missouri, back in 2012.
By 2014, one Des Peres citizen created a Facebook fan page for the pickle jar, in hopes someone might be able to shed some light on the mystery. Today, the page has over 23,000 members who have bonded over a roadside jar of pickles.
Over the years, the pickles have come and gone. If one jar is damaged, another soon replaces it. Despite an extended disappearance in 2018, the jar has returned to its perch beside the Des Peres highway. One member of Team Pickle uploaded a video to the Facebook page just before Christmas, much to the joy of Des Peres citizens past and present. What pickle lover could ask for anything better?