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“I enjoyed it. I never thought of it as work. I was just having a good time.” – Grandma Prisbrey

“I enjoyed it. I never thought of it as work. I was just having a good time.” – Grandma Prisbrey

Bottle Village – Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey 1896 — 1988 4595 Cochran Street Simi Valley, CA 805-584-0572 Bottle environment Built: 1956 – 1972 “I enjoyed it. I never thought of it as work. I was just having a good time.” In 1956 at the age of…

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Journey to the Center of the World

Journey to the Center of the World

Center of the World 1 Center of the World Drive Felicity, CA 760-572-0100 The Center of the World sits in a far more rugged and less populated environment, near the Imperial Sand Dunes in California’s southeast corner. But it has a pyramid, some winding stairs…

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PeeWee Herman’s Dinosaurs

PeeWee Herman’s Dinosaurs

Claude Bell’s Dinosaurs 50800 Seminole Dr Cabazon, CA 951-849-8309 Also known as the Cabazon Dinosaurs and Claude Bell’s Dinos, since they were prominently featured in Mr. Herman’s Big Adventure. Claude Bell made ’em from leftover highway construction materials to lure traffic in off of I-10,…

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The eccentric Mrs. Winchester’s House

The eccentric Mrs. Winchester’s House

Winchester Mystery House 525 South Winchester Boulevard San Jose, CA 408 247-2101 website Built: 1884 – 1922 In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until…

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“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

Watts Towers – Sabatino (Simon, Sam) Rodia 1879–1965 1765 East 107th St Los Angeles, CA Mosaic environment Built: c. 1921-1954 “I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.”  – Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk…

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God is love … (and so is Leonard Knight)

God is love … (and so is Leonard Knight)

Salvation Mountain – Leonard Knight November 1, 1931 — Niland, CA Religious/spiritual Built: mid 1980s-present  “…I still like to do it my way. I’m gonna make a lot of mistakes, but let me make ‘em.” – Grassroots Art Center exhibit  “Jesus, I am a sinner….

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Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

View gallery Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. Best in Travel 2013 already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf…

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Bud Goldstone (Watts Towers engineer) dies at 89

Bud Goldstone (Watts Towers engineer) dies at 89

his has been a tough few months for the folk art world, Mr. Imagination, Ronald Manolio (Eggshelland), Ronald Cooper, Rev. Dennis (Margaret’s Grocery), and now NJ “Bud” Goldstone – the engineer who fought city hall to save Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts (Los Angeles, CA)….

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Electric Pencil documentary needs funding

Electric Pencil documentary needs funding

Five years ago, New York based artist and art dealer, Harris Diamant, discovered an extraordinary hand made album containing 283 drawings done on ledger sheets from State Lunatic Asylum No. 3, in Nevada MO. The unknown artist was given the name THE ELECTRIC PENCIL, based…

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The Electric Pencil

The Electric Pencil

THE ELECTRIC PENCIL, the story of Outsider Artist James Edward Deeds Jr. Committed for Life at the tender age of 17 to Lunatic Asylum No.3, Nevada, MO in 1925. Heavily subjected to psychotropic drugs and electric shock treatment, his is a tale of the need…

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