Quirky Nevada - Roadside Oddities & Attractions
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Goldwell Open Air Museum
Facts & Trivia
Nevada Triangle - A Trap in
Rhyolite Bottle Building
Stokes Castle in Austin
Rhyolite, Nevada Bottle Building
- In 1906, in the old
owner named Tom Kelly, built a house out of bottles because lumber was
scarce at the time. Reportedly he used some 50,000 beer,
whiskey, soda and medicine bottles to build the structure which still
stands today. Mr. Kelley was 76 years old when he built the
house and it took him almost six months to complete.
The bottle house was restored and
re-roofed by Paramount Pictures in 1925 for a movie setting. Afterwards it was given to the Beatty Improvement Association for
maintenance as a historical site.
It was leased to Louis J. Murphy and
maintained as a museum by him and a woman named Bessie Stratton Moffat
until he died in 1956. Later, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Thompson also lived
in it, maintaining a museum and a relic shop.
Tommy was a musician who played his
accordion in the
when it was a boom town. When the Thompsons died, their son,
Evan Thompson maintained it for a while. He was the last known
person to live in the house; but now resides in Pioneer, Nevada.
Next to the bottle house is a "garden" of
sculptures made of broken glass including miniature houses, bottle
ropes, and whole bunch more glass junk, er... treasures.
The bottle house isn't the only quirky
thing in Rhyolite. You'll also see the Goldwell Open Air Museum.
Goldwell Open Air Museum
The Last Supper, sculpture by Charles Albert
Szukalski, 1984, photo April, 2005, Kathy Weiser.
As you near the old town site of
you will see what is called the Goldwell Open Air Museum. Here, a
group of Belgian artists created seven large scale outdoor sculptures in
the midst of the Mojave desert, the most impressive of which is a ghostly
interpretation of the "Last Supper." There is also a 25-foot high
pink woman made of cincer blocks, a 24-foot high steel prospector
accompanied by a penguin, a blossoming tangle of gleaming chrome car
parts; and an exquisitely carved winged woman reaching for the sun from
high atop a wooden pillar.
Rhyolite Contact Information:
- This may be the most delicious attraction in
not to mention one of the most popular.
Located in the Showcase Mall, the
mouth-watering exhibit features a multitude of life size M&M's hawking
everything from t-shirts to scores of the popular candy in every color
under the rainbow plus silver and gold.
tour of the entire site is available ending with a 3-D movie featuring Red
and Yellow's trip to
When Red loses his "M" at the poker table, the two take a journey to the
land of the lost to retrieve it. Viewers are rewarded with a surprise
treat upon their exit.
The attraction adds its own gaudy sign to the
Strip -- a 3D 40-foot long M&M's bag shaking out candy. Three M&M's
characters, 15 to 19 feet tall, entice Strip denizens to come inside. One
see-thru wall of a second-floor store is filled from floor to ceiling with
. . . M&M's.
Hours are 9 am-11 pm,
Sunday-Thursday and 9 am-12 am Friday-Saturday
"Glass Garden" near the Bottle House in
April, 2005, Kathy Weiser.
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A Tribute to Shorty Harris, sculpture by Fred
Bervoets, 1994, photo April, 2005, Kathy Weiser.
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