Cultural
One of several unusual sculptures in the Amarillo area commissioned by Stanley Marsh 3 (January 31, 1938 - June 17, 2014), a local visionary eccentric, businessman, and bon-vivant. The intended illusion of the top of the mesa "floating" in the air, is occasionally achieved when the sky behind...
Forbidden Gardens was a massive recreation of a number of Imperial Chinese historic sites, built in 1997 on the plains of Texas by Ira P. H. Poon, a wealthy Hong Kong businessman. Included in this sprawling attraction were 6,000 terra-cotta soldiers at 1/3 scale, arrayed as they were found in China...
An underground complex excavated by a Sicilian immigrant named Baldesare Forestiere. He learned tunneling techniques at his first American job, working on New York City's aqueduct system. He bought land in Fresno, hoping to open a citrus plantation, but the land turned out to be solid rock...
On his land across from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Dr. Evermor has produced a massive collection of assemblage sculptures, including the Forevertron, which he claims is the "largest found object sculpture." Dr. Evermor (also known as Tom Every, a disposal and salvage dealer) is not a typical...
The Four Aces is a film set on a public road in the desert north of Los Angeles. It appears as a lonely desert gas station/cafe/motel in film, television, and advertising, and is one of a few of these romantic desert gas station oasis type places, sometimes referred to as "Last Chance Cafes" built...
A museum featuring mineral specimens illuminated under different types of light, and a mine replica. This part of New Jersey was a major zinc mining area until the ore was depleted in the 1950's.
Visitors to this former uranium mine enter the ionizing inhalatorium, to receive the healthful effects of the naturally occurring (and naturally radioactive) radon gas, said to be a wonder cure for numerous ailments. One of a half-dozen or so similar radon health mines in the area, the Free...
The Garden of Eden is a half-acre lot in a small Kansas town, transformed over the years with elaborate sculptures, towers, and furnishings, starting in the early 1900's by its owner, Samuel Perry Dinsmoor. The sculptural park, now owned by Garden of Eden, Inc., is part Populist political...
This famous monument to westward expansion is composed of a stainless steel arch 630 feet high and 630 feet wide. There is an elevator that travels up the inside of the arch to offer a view out of a small portal at the apex. The $29 million monument was designed by Eero Saarinen, and built in 1965...
Local resident Emil Gehrke once made numerous decorative windmills from scrap. Upon his death, his collection was moved to its current location in Grand Coulee's North Dam Park.
This memorial museum to General Patton is located off the interstate in a remote part of the Mojave. The museum is located at the site of Camp Young, one of 11 WWII training camps that were part of the 18,000 square-mile Desert Training Center (DTC). From 1942-1943 Patton commanded the DTC, also...
A multi-story geodesic sphere house on a pole, next to the Interstate south of Kingman, Arizona. Built originally as a restaurant called the Dinesphere in the 1970's, it was part of a sprawling desert development that never materialized called Lake Havasu Estates (Lake Havasu, much developed, is...
The Geographical Center of North America, in the town of Rugby, North Dakota, is marked with a pyramidal monument that measures 21 feet high, 6 feet wide at its base, and is placed on a heart-shaped foundation. Originally located across the highway, northwest of its present location, the monument...
The Geographic Center of the USA is generally accepted to be at this point, in a field, 20.8 miles north of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. This was determined as the point at which an arc connecting the geographic center of the 49 states and the geographic center of Hawaii would balance. This point...
The Geographic Center of the Lower 48 States is located north of Lebanon, Kansas. It was determined by finding the center of gravity for the contiguous United States, that is, the point at which a plane map of the 48 states would balance if it were of uniform thickness. A monument was erected in an...
A large museum and research center located on a graded hillside above the Sepulveda Pass in Brentwood. Architect Richard Meier designed all of the buildings on the expansive campus, while artist Robert Irwin was responsible for the Central Garden.
Several people are known to have lived in a cavity underneath this giant rock, hollowed out by German immigrant miner Fritz Critzer in the 1930's. Critzer managed to live unmolested in his rock abode until the advent of World War II, when suspicions arose that he was a German spy, due in part to...
A community where carnival and circus performers (including some with unusual physical features i.e. "sideshow freaks") have been coming to winter and retire since the 1940's. Though most of the residents of the town of Gibsonton or "Gibtown," as locals call it, are not anatomically challenged,...
This 800-acre movie and television ranch has been owned by the Disney company since the 1950's, and is one of several movie ranches in the Santa Clarita Valley area. Most of the old west town has been replaced by more modern film sets as part of a major expansion. There is now a residential street...
The Golden Spike National Historic Site is where the eastbound and westbound tracks for the first transcontinental railroad met at the northeastern edge of the Great Salt Lake. Initially, the Union Pacific, building the westbound track from Omaha, and the Central Pacific, going east from...
The town of Goldfield once had almost 20,000 residents, during the height of the gold mining boom, and now it has a couple hundred. The surrounding landscape is a churned up mining area, littered with tailings piles, and remains of equipment and structures, underlain by hundreds of miles of tunnels...
The museum which closed in 2009 due in part to declining attendance, was located in the company's headquarters, and provided information on rubber products and the history of rubber manufacture. Features of the museum included displays on the history of the interstate trucking industry, the...
Grand Canyon Village is the most developed portion of the national park, right on the edge of the canyon. This is where most of the tourists come. There are some grand old lodges, including those built by Fred Harvey (a western tourism promoter who built depots and lodges across the railroad west,...
The Grand Rapids Project was made by Robert Morris in 1974, on an eroded hillslope in a city park near downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is known as the first major art earthwork to be supported by government funds, including the National Endowment for the Arts. Construction involved re-...
Graystone Mansion is probably the most-filmed mansion in the world, largely because it is vacant, and owned by the City of Beverly Hills, which encourages film shooting there. It is also a rare case of an authentic-looking old world English mansion, unlike so many of the Mediterranean mansions in...
This remote site, a former gravel pit, is probably the largest grouping of "earthships" in the nation - a uniquely northern New Mexican style subdivision. It is comprised of more than a dozen homes built in the energy and material efficient style known as "earthships," that generally use recycled...
Planned by the Eisenhower Administration and completed in 1961, this formerly secret underground bunker was designed to house members of Congress and their staffs during (and after) nuclear attack and is located below the Greenbrier Resort Hotel. Construction of a new hotel wing and expansion of...
A religious shrine built by a Catholic priest, the site consists of a network of paths, grottos, and caves covered in stones and shells. The original builder, Father Dobberstein, worked on the site for over 40 years, before his death in 1954. Another priest, Father Louis H. Greving, then took over...
This flood control site, built in 1989-1990, is integrated with a wildlife and recreational park, featuring earth art by George Hargreaves Associates. Also to be found there is the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, featuring 2,600 varieties of roses, as well as The Guadalupe Community Garden, which...
A quarter-mile long dirt road that is lined with scupltures and stones inscribed with the quips and witticisms of its maker, Duane Williams, also known as "Doobie" (for obvious reasons, we are told), also known as The Guru. Features include the Desert Broadcast Imagination Station, a hut fashioned...