Model Farm: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

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Somewhere in the dry California desert, a museum worthy of a Mad Max scene attracts only those who can see beyond dust and rust.


A junkyard turned into a bottle tree farm on Route 66 in the San Bernardino County looks like a lifelong project for Elmer Long. A work of art with countless storied bottles and other remnants, reminding visitors of both the past and the future, is the most inspiring sight in this day and age of overstuffing. As a proverb goes, “Good tree makes good fruit.”

Like Elmer, maybe we can start planting good deeds for other generations to enjoy.



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