Bible Land Sand Sculptures - Gone
Bible Land was always a popular free attraction for cross-country travelers on I-10, about 8 miles west of Beaumont. The sculptures, crafted in sand by Ted Conibear in the late 1960s, depicted the Last Supper and other religious scenes.
Conibear used to drop into towns in the southwest, build a Biblical sand sculpture, and move on. His first somewhat permanent scenes were created in Temecula, until development overtook the spot and Ted moved to Calimesa to build a new Bible Land there.
According to Ted's daughter, Mary Lou Dimond, he died in April 1994 in his sleep. Before his death, Ted's son Don was unable to find anyone to repair and maintain Bible Land, so he had the sculptures destroyed rather than see them decimated by vandals.