But the Globe wants the Hilltop cactus to stay forever. (No word on the cows.)

The cactus sign, like the mini-golf dinosaur, replica of the leaning tower of Pisa, and restaurant shaped like a sailing ship of yore, is part of a collection of Route 1 kitsch that defines a certain mid-20th century lifestyle. It recalls the days when the car was king and weekend glamour was a night in a big, colorful restaurant famed for its large portions.