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Margaret’s Grocery

Reverend H. D. Dennis |  1916-  |  Margaret Rogers Dennis  |  dates unknown Vicksburg, MS Embellished visionary environment  |  Created 1994 to present Sometimes you just get lucky.  I had been wanting to meet the Reverend Dennis and his wife Margaret for sometime, and now…

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McMath Sculptures

Gordon McMath  |  unknown  |  Mountainair, NM Found object metal sculptures  |  Creation dates unknown Sometimes you find things while getting lost.  Around the corner from Pop Shaffer’s Hotel, there is a house with great found object sculptures.  No one was home.

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Shaffer Hotel & Rancho Bonito

Clem “Pop” Shaffer  |  1880-unknown  |  Mountainair, NM Lodging and home environment  |  Rancho Bonito – 1937 • Shaffer Hotel – 1922 In the early 1900s, “Pop” Shaffer moved to Mountainair, New Mexico—a thriving community known as the “Pinto Bean Capitol of the World”—to work…

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The Bone Zone

Tammy Jean Lange  |  1958- |  Madrillos, NM Found object environment  |  Created 1994 to present Along the Turquoise Trail, just outside Madrid, New Mexico lurks “The Bone Zone,” the ever-evolving found object and road kill environment/miniature village by Tammy Jean Lange, also known as…

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Aztec Motel

  Phyllis Evans  |  dates unknown  |  Albuquerque, NM Embellished environment  |  Created 1994 Along Historic Route 66 and all of the great old neon motel signs, there is one particular motel that caught my attention…the Aztec Motel.  Not only is the signage eye-popping, but…

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Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight | 1931- | Niland, CA Spiritual environment – masterpiece | Created in the mid 1980s to present All Leonard Knight wants you to know is that “God is Love.” We arrived in Calpatria the night before and checked in to our motel. It…

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Desert Tower and Boulder Park Caves

  Bert Vaughn and M.T. Ratcliffe  |  Bert 1878–1974 &  MT 1882–1956  |  Jacumba, CA Environment with rock sculptures  |  Created 1920 to mid 1930s My Midwest upbringing didn’t prepared me for the dramatic landscapes of the southern California mountain desert.  The mountains looked like…

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Queen Califia's Magic Circle

Niki de Saint Phalle  |  1930-2002  |  Escondido, CA Mosaic environment I am hesitant to call Niki de Saint Phalle an outsider, although she had a rich life surrounded by artists.  But she is definitely a visionary.  Tucked back in the Kit Carson Park, about…

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Richard Margolin’s Rock and Roll House

Richard Margolin  |  dates unknown  |  Encinitas, CA Adorned home environment | Created 2001-2007 Another “believe-it-or-not-it’s-a-rental” amazing environment.  And unfortunately it was dismantled in April of 2007, making way for condos and office buildings…. Luckily, we were there 5 months before the wrecking ball.  This…

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Miles Miner Kellogg Boat Houses

Miles Miner Kellogg Boat Houses Miles Minor Kellogg  |  unknown  |  Encinitas, CA Vernacular architecture  |  Built ca. 1928 Miles Minor Kellogg was an early recycler.   Hailing from the Great Lakes area of Michigan, he moved to this Southern California town, bringing seafaring and building…

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