josephwbeck's User Profile - Atlas Obscura
Just Released! The second edition of our bestselling book.
Leaderboard Highlights
josephwbeck's activity rankings
1st
Places visited in Barstow, California
1st
Places added to El Paso, Texas
1st
Places visited in Wahiawa, Hawaii
3rd
Places edited in El Paso, Texas
Loading map...
San Antonio, Texas

Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum

A master plumber has turned his love of art and toilets into a folk museum that's not taking the piss.
Barstow, California

Painted Rocks

The cluster of boulders near Fort Irwin is covered in military insignia.
Foz do Iguaçu, Argentina

Iguazu Falls

A series of waterfalls so massive they straddle the border of Argentina and Brazil.
El Paso, Texas

Casa de Azucar

The house's confection-like decorations are the result of one man's painstaking work over decades.
El Paso, Texas

John Wesley Hardin's Grave

A prison-like structure guards the remains of a notorious Old West outlaw.
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns

Second largest cave chamber in the world, discovered in 1898 by a sixteen year old and his friend known as "pothead."
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

This grand stone tower was dedicated to a famed American humorist almost by coincidence.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

May Natural History Museum

Hidden beyond a kitschy giant beetle is this remarkably sprawling collection of preserved insects.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

Hickam Air Base Scars

The air force base preserves its scars from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth's Bavarian Village

One small town in the Pacific Northwest transformed itself into a Bavarian-themed tourist destination.
Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

This famous bridge twisted itself into oblivion, but not for the reason you might think.
San Antonio, Texas

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

A 131-year-old wunderkammer of Texan history.
San Antonio, Texas

Mission San Jose

Three hundred years of preserved Spanish colonial history in San Antonio.
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune.
Long Beach, Washington

Washington's Largest Frying Pan

This super-sized skillet is a replica of a usable giant pan where a woman once skated on bacon.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rocky Statue

Yo, Adrian!
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
Seattle, Washington

Lenin Statue of Fremont

Statue of Lenin, from Cold War era Czechoslovakia, now in a neighborhood of Seattle.
Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass.
Seattle, Washington

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

A 100-year-old purveyor of curiosities, curios, and kitsch featuring mummies, shrunken heads, and a Fiji Mermaid.
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle.
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town that was once home to over 500 silver mines, Calico lasted only 12 years of boom before it all went bust.
Seattle, Washington

Gum Wall

A wall of chewing gum moonlights as collective art.