Friday, December 01, 2006

Look At This & Bottle Houses Galore

Look At This, a pointer blog that I visit every day, has an entry showing a bottle house, looks like in Russia. I've seen two bottle houses in my travels -- one is located in the ghost town of Rhyolite, in Nevada. The other one is in, of all places, Knott's Berry Farm Amusement Park, in Buena Park, CA. See the picture above -- I got it from a funny Swedish website that has information and pictures of the park. As for the house in Rhyolite (still standing, with a new roof), it was built by Tom Kelly in about 1906. Here is a website with info, history and pictures of the "Tom Kelly Bottle House". I hear that it was well used, several generations of kids were raised there. It also has an interesting rock garden/ cement sculpture garden of miniature houses & buildings. While we are at it, here is a website that has links to a whole bunch of bottle houses all over the United States, including what it claims to be the first bottle house, built in Tonopah, Nevada in 1902.

More info on the ghost town of Rhyolite, here. A place worth visiting, if you get out there --plus Death Valley is about an hour away, a must see, too.

Lastly, on a side note: Knott's Berry Farm also has a smallish barrel house, next to Boot Hill. But amazingly, I can't find any good pics of this.

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