Our team at Atlas Obscura is always exploring the overlooked and unexpected, whether in our own backyards or in far-flung locales. In One-Line Adventures, we send out some quick dispatches of recent discoveries.
“I went behind a chicken coop in Pierce College at Woodland Hills in California, and found a hidden grove of whimsical and macabre pioneer-themed figures titled the Old Trapper’s Lodge Statuary.” — Robert Hemedes [Field Agent, Los Angeles]
“The nice people at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge were incredibly generous with their time, expertise and overwhelmingly wonderful library and archives of wonderful objects. Then they let me call the staff to tea using the bell from Scott’s doomed Terra Nova expedition. This is my happy face.” — Annetta Black [Senior Editor, Obscura Society Mastermind]
“After a full day of exploring California boomtowns, the Old Stonehouse Brewery was our choice for evening libations — we had no idea until we arrived that they had cave seating.” — Douglas Worley [Field Agent, San Francisco] & Rachel James [Editor-in-Chief, Places]
“I made a trip out to the location of the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens to see the remnants of a once glorious celebration of the space age; the 12-story topographical steel globe, known as the Unisphere, was poetically dedicated to ‘Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe’.” — Michelle Enemark [Graphic Design, Video Production]
“Over two summer weekends each year, Governors Island — a small bit of land half a mile south of Manhattan — plays host to the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Thousands of revelers dressed in Gatsby-era attire dance the Charleston to live bands and picnic under the trees.” —Ella Morton [Head Writer, Book Team]
“Initially barren, Alcatraz Island received over 300 species of plants from every continent which has plant life and they have now laid claim to the remains of the warden’s house.” — Beth Abdallah [Field Agent, San Francisco]