Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
June 30, 2008
Steve Robinson, owner of Envirotech Industries, had a vision. He got his hands on as many old tires as he could — 10 million by some estimates — and piled them in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Garbage? Hah! It was a modern day Peg Leg Gold Mine. Robinson was going to use secret giant microwaves to melt the tires into natural gas and oil!
Unfortunately, things didn’t work as planned. The microwaves fizzled, Envirotech Industries filed for bankruptcy, and Arizona has been left with 10 million beat-up tires. Worse, the state believes that the rubber mountain could catch fire and burn for over ten years.
Worry not, Arizona. Experience has taught us that collections of combustible junk can be piled high and turned into tourist destinations! Dan Van Meter did it with wooden pallets. Max Taubert did it with empty oil cans. Both created attractions that never burst into flame.
And people want to drive into the desert to see strange sights.
A small admission fee would help to pay off Robinson’s bills, and he could be put to work hosing down his tires, which would put Arizona at ease. Being on site would probably make him feel better, too, since the Arizona Republic reports that Robinson believes that “the state is trying to seize the tires for resale to a competitor” and that “someone is going to get rich off the tires.”
Well, why not all of us?
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